Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes the return of SuperValu TidyTowns Competition

21st May, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien (Green Party)

Dublin Fingal

21st May 2021


Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes the return of SuperValu TidyTowns Competition

Minister Joe O’Brien TD has welcomed the return of the iconic SuperValu TidyTowns Competition.  The competition was cancelled in 2020 – for the first time in over 60 years – due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Special arrangements have now been put in place to ensure the return of the competition this year, with the overall winners due to be announced before the end of the year.  Groups will be able to showcase their communities via electronic entry.

Groups should continue to adhere to public health guidelines as they have done so remarkably well since the onset of the Pandemic.

Minister O’Brien said:

The health and safety of volunteers continues to be paramount.  I know that Fingal TidyTowns Committees have been working hard throughout the pandemic continuing their great work in a safe way.  For this reason, a new award category has been introduced aimed at groups that have continued to serve and look after their communities despite the difficulties posed by COVID-19.”

“Also introduced this year is a special prize for young people, which was committed to under Our Rural Future – the Government’s ambitious new strategy for Rural Ireland.”

“The continuous efforts and dedication of all the committees across Fingal is to be commended.  The work they do in enhancing the appearance of our community and fostering a wonderful community spirit is really fantastic and I am hopeful that their efforts will be rewarded when the results of the competition are announced in Q4 2021.”

It is acknowledged that volunteers have not been able to deliver on all of the plans that they may have had for their towns, and the competition adjudicators will be mindful of this fact when assessing entries.

At the same time, many groups have still been very active, and the standard of competition is expected to be high again this year amongst the almost 1,000 TidyTowns groups around the country.

Further details on the competition and access to supporting resources are available at



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