03/11/16

SUPERVALU TIDYTOWNS – SOUTH EAST REGION AWARDS CEREMONY

This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the South East region were presented today, Thursday 3rd November, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Lakeview Hotel, Ballina, Co Tipperary.  SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Mr. Michael Ring, Minister for Regional Economic Development, and Niall O’Callaghan, SuperValu Community and Sponsorship Manager, proud sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Hilary Creedon of Fáilte Ireland.

Birdhill won the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Village.  A full list of today’s prizewinner’s is attached. Speaking at the awards ceremony Minister Ring said:  “It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet TidyTowns groups across this region.  These awards are just a small reward for the efforts of so many volunteers who take pride in their home town and work tirelessly to make it a better place now and for future generations. This unselfish effort and the generosity displayed by these volunteers makes a huge difference in our communities.  Today we also recognise all the other TidyTowns groups not here today who are also committed to improving their communities year on year but have yet to achieve formal recognition in the competition.  I must make special mention of Birdhill; congratulations to them as well as all of today’s other prize-winners.”

The Minister also thanked TidyTowns’ main sponsor SuperValu.  “For 25 years SuperValu has been involved in this competition at local and national level and they have helped it to flourish and grow and continue to demonstrate a real commitment to supporting local communities. They have worked closely with Department officials to help make it the success it is today.”

Niall O’Callaghan, SuperValu Community and Sponsorship Manager said: “At SuperValu we believe in building vibrant local communities and the SuperValu TidyTowns competition goes to the heart of what community is all about. The incredible dedication shown by the volunteers involved is truly admirable and continues to amaze us year after year. Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today. As Ireland’s leading community retailer, with 222 stores across Ireland and retailers embedded in communities around the country, SuperValu is extremely proud to have sponsored TidyTowns for the past 25 years, one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland. I am delighted to recognise the dedication of TidyTowns committees in the South East who are at the heart of their local communities, working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year to enhance their locality.”

Interest in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been stronger than ever in recent years and with 859 communities entering the competition in 2016.  The competition has been running since 1958 and is organised by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.  The competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992.

A list of all the prize-winners for the South East region is attached.

ENDS

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – Ireland’s Tidiest Village  – Overall Winner

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Birdhill Tipperary National Winner

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East Region – Regional Winner

Sponsored by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Recipient County Award
Birdhill Tipperary Regional Winner

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East Region – Medallists in National Awards  Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Birdhill Tipperary Gold Medal
Clonegal Carlow Gold Medal
Clonmel Tipperary Gold Medal
Emly Tipperary Gold Medal
Kilkenny Kilkenny Gold Medal
Leighlinbridge Carlow Gold Medal
Lismore Waterford Gold Medal
Terryglass Tipperary Gold Medal
Ardmore Waterford Silver Medal
Carlow Carlow Silver Medal
Dungarvan Waterford Silver Medal
Inistioge Kilkenny Silver Medal
Kilsheelan Tipperary Silver Medal
Silvermines Tipperary Silver Medal
Stradbally Waterford Silver Medal
Tullahought Kilkenny Silver Medal
Waterford City Waterford Silver Medal
Wexford Wexford Silver Medal
Ballymacarbry Waterford Bronze Medal
Enniscorthy Wexford Bronze Medal
Nenagh Tipperary Bronze Medal
Roscrea Tipperary Bronze Medal
Rosslare Wexford Bronze Medal
Tramore Waterford Bronze Medal

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East Region – County Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Clonegal Carlow County Winner
Leighlinbridge Carlow Highly Commended
Clonmore Carlow Commended
Fenagh Carlow Endeavour *
Kilkenny Kilkenny County Winner
Inistioge Kilkenny Highly Commended
Tullahought Kilkenny Commended
Windgap Kilkenny Endeavour *
Birdhill Tipperary(North) County Winner
Terryglass Tipperary(North) Highly Commended
Silvermines Tipperary(North) Commended
Ballinure Tipperary(North) Endeavour *
Emly Tipperary(South) County Winner
Clonmel Tipperary(South) Highly Commended
Kilsheelan Tipperary(South) Commended
Rosegreen Tipperary(South) Endeavour *
Lismore Waterford County Winner
Ardmore Waterford Highly Commended
Stradbally Waterford Commended
Kilmacthomas Waterford Endeavour *
Ballycanew Wexford County Winner
Blackwater Wexford Highly Commended
Rosslare Wexford Commended
Bridgetown Wexford Endeavour *

* Endeavour Award winners are those who achieved the greatest improvement in score in 2015

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East Region – Special Awards

Recipient County Sponsor & Award
Ballycanew Wexford South East SuperValu Youth Award Joint Winner
Tramore Waterford South East SuperValu Youth Award Joint Winner
Cloughjordan Tipperary Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Clonmel Tipperary Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Emly Tipperary Clean Air Award – National Winner, sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Ferns Wexford Irish Water Value Water Award
Wexford Wexford Gum Litter TaskForce National Award
Wexford Wexford Gum Litter TaskForce Large Town & Urban Centre
Ballycanew Wexford Gum Litter TaskForce Village and Small Town

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