‘Town of Gardens’ project lands top award for Arklow
ARKLOW was recognised on a national scale this week as it picked up the 2018 Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Award for Town Initiative of the Year.
The award was presented for the Town of Gardens initative, which has seen massive work by Arklow Town Team, Tidy Towns and Arklow Municipal District to ensure Arklow is a leader in terms of its outdoor and public garden space.
At the award ceremony in Kilkenny, a total of 40 awards were given with an overall prize fund of €157,000 allocated to encourage further innovation and entrepreneurship within winning towns. Taking the prize for overall winner of the 2018 Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards was Letterkenny.
Speaking at the awards, Maria Coleman, Head of Co. Wicklow at Bank of Ireland said ‘Every year we are so impressed by the enterprising spirit and achievements of towns and villages nationwide, as people work together, to drive growth locally and build thriving communities. I would like to congratulate Arklow and local council representatives for their joint success at this year’s awards.’
Cllr Miriam Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, joined in the congratulations by saying ‘Arklow has made huge progress over the last year and that is thanks to the dedication of the Town Team. This award is further proof that when we work together we can achieve so much more. This award has given Arklow Town Team and people from the community the encouragement to progress on with other new projects for the future.’
Cllr Murphy added that the awards highlight Arklow’s any community and voluntary groups.
‘For me, it also highlighted what we have in our community as in the variety of voluntary groups, sports clubs, the arts in many forms, the commitment of the business’s, the voluntary services like the RNLI, First Responders, Arklow Tidy Towns, The Festival committees and many more. The Town Team worked on this project
With the Town Initiative of the Year Award at the Enterprise Town Awards. Back: Frank Curran of Wicklow County Council; Irene Sweeney; and Maria Coleman, Derek Tobin and Ian McMurrough of Bank of Ireland. Front: Susan Nichols of Wicklow County Council; Arklow district cathaoirleach