Aughrim strikes gold in Tidy Towns awards

Bray People - - NEWS -

AUGHRIM is no stranger to Tidy Towns suc­cess.

The vil­lage won the over­all award in 2007, was pro­claimed ‘Ire­land’s Best Kept Small Town,’ in 2006, ‘Ire­land’s Ti­di­est Small Town,’ in 2009, and re­ceived a gold medal for this year’s re­sults.

This year’s awards were pre­sented last week with Ark­low get­ting a bronze award along with Wick­low town and Shankill.

Aughrim was also the County Win­ner, with Strat­ford-on-Slaney highly com­mended, Ark­low com­mended and an en­deav­our award given to Bless­ing­ton.

The awards for the Mid­lands and East Re­gion of Su­per­Valu Tidy Towns were pre­sented last Wed­nes­day at a cer­e­mony at the Com­mu­nity Hall, Moynalty, County Meath.

Moynalty were the over­all win­ners in the re­gion.

Min­is­ter Damien English pre­sented the awards along with Su­per­Valu re­gional man­ager Paul Rice.

Also join­ing the Min­is­ter on stage was Colm Breheny, Client Ser­vices Man­ager Fáilte Ire­land.

‘I’m de­lighted to have this op­por­tu­nity to­day to ac­knowl­edge the ef­forts of Tidy Towns groups across this re­gion, and to pay trib­ute to the very many en­thu­si­as­tic and ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who get in­volved in this great com­pe­ti­tion ev­ery year,’ said Min­is­ter English.

‘ The un­selfish ef­fort and the gen­eros­ity dis­played by th­ese vol­un­teers re­ally does make a dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­ni­ties,’ he said.

‘ The re­sults of their hard work is ev­i­dent across the re­gion in towns and vil­lages that are bet­ter cared for, bet­ter places to live and more at­trac­tive places to visit.’

Paul Rice of Su­per­Valu said that Tidy Towns is a demon­stra­tion of the work done lo­cally by count­less vol­un­teers, who un­der­take to foster com­mu­nity spirit and help to build vi­brant lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties for the present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to follow.

Over 800 com­mu­ni­ties en­tered this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning since 1958 and is or­gan­ised by the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, Com­mu­nity and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

The vil­lage of Aughrim.

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