THIS YEAR’S SuperValu Tidy Towns awards for the Midlands and East region were presented recently at a ceremony in the home of the regional winner in Haggardstown Community Centre in Blackrock, Co Louth.
The winners from Co Kildare were presented with their awards by Michael Ring, minister for rural and community development, and Maighréad Cremin, community manager with SuperValu, the long-time sponsors of the competition.
Also joining the minister on stage was Mark Mohan, manager of Ireland’s Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland, Liam Dunne, SEO of the environment section at Kildare County Council, Cora Dempsey, Tidy Towns Co-ordinator at KCC, and cllr Seamie Moore, leas-cathaoirleach of Kildare County Council.
“It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet Tidy Towns groups from across the region,” said minister Ring. “These awards are just a small token for the efforts of so many volunteers who take pride in their home town and work tirelessly to make their community a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly place now and for future generations.
“We also recognise all the other Tidy Towns groups not here today who are equally committed to improving their community year on year but have not achieved formal recognition in the competition this year. Well done to you all on the work you do and we hope to see you here with us next year.”
The Kildare winners for 2019 were: gold to Maynooth, Straffan, Naas, and Leixlip; silver to Kill, Celbridge and Newbridge; bronze to Ballymore Eustace, Rathangan, and Clane. Maynooth was the Co Kildare winner, Straffan was highly commended (second place) in County Kildare and Naas was commended (third place). Kilcullen received the endeavour award – this is given the town that received the greatest improvement in marks in 2018.