Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes launch of the 2022 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition

7th April, 2022

Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes launch of the 2022 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition

Minister of State in the Department of Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD, has welcomed the launch of the 2022 SuperValu TidyTowns competition. In place since 1958, the competition continues to grow from strength to strength. It is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and sponsored by SuperValu.

Speaking about the launch of the competition Minister O’Brien said:

It is wonderful to see the competition back to its normal cycle which is very welcome news and no doubt thousands of TidyTowns volunteers here in Fingal and across the country are thrilled to see the competition back in full swing.

The 2021 competition yielded great results for Dublin Fingal with Skerries and Malahide both awarded Gold Medals, Swords awarded a Silver Medal, Skerries winner in the Highly Commended section of the County Awards and Rush was the national winner of the EPA Circular Economy award.  I know that all the local Tidy Towns Groups here in Fingal will put in a great effort again and I commend the very hard work put in by all of our local volunteers.

“Tidy Towns groups have shown great strength in recent times and have continued to put their shoulder to the wheel in keeping our towns and villages and indeed the country, looking its best, when we needed it most.”

Minister O’Brien continued:

My Department is delighted to support vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland, and TidyTowns is a great way to get involved in community life.  I would recommend young and old to get involved in your local TidyTowns groups. You might be surprised at how much you will benefit as well as your community.

Now well into its seventh decade, the competition continues to attract new entrants and continues to grow. This year again we see some new and exciting special awards with great prizes and all groups are encouraged to consider entering some of these awards. These include an award on Bat Conservation, redesigned awards on climate action and air quality and the continuation of the Young Persons in TidyTowns award.

The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competition is Friday 20th May 2022. Entry will only be accepted by email to the tidytowns@drcd.gov.ie address. Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition will be emailed to all registered groups or can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of Rural and Community Development (Phone: 01 773 6912) or by visiting www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie.

Full details of the competition are available on www.tidytowns.ie

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