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Spotless Ballincollig scoops prize

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 10:57am

Ballincollig was last night crowned the Tidiest Large Urban Area for the Mid-West and South-West region in this year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns awards.

A number of other Cork communities were also awarded medals including Carrigaline, Clonakilty, Cobh, Coolagown and Kinsale.

The gold medal was presented last night at a ceremony in the Listowel Arms Hotel in Listowel, Co. Kerry by Cllr Michael Kennelly, Kerry County Council, and Dolores Farrell, SuperValu Community and Sponsorship Brand Manager. 

Gold medals were won by Carrigaline, Clonakilty, Cobh,  Coolagown, Kinsale and Youghal in Cork, as well as Ballincollig. Bantry, Macroom and Rosscarbery picked up silver medals while bronze was earned by Ballydehob, Castletownroche, Eyeries, Innishannon, Lislevane, Millstreet, Rathbarry, Skibbereen and Timoleague. 

The good news comes after a recently announced grant scheme which enables TidyTowns Committees to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 from an overall fund of €1.4 million.

Cllr Kennelly said: “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.”

The Tidy Towns competition has been running since 1958 and this year enjoyed its strongest competition in recent years with a record  total of 883 communities entering.

Ms Farrell said: “The Tidy Towns is a unique initiative, there is no other competition like it in the rest of Europe. It’s been a huge benefit across Ireland for the past 60 years, and this year was no exception with committees building greenways, eradicating plastic straw use and delivering heritage projects.”

The competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992. 


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