South Dublin County Council (SDCC) recently congratulated the area’s dedicated Tidy-Town Committees on achieving great results in the 60th SuperValu National Tidy Towns competition announced at the Helix in Dublin recently. Mayor of SDCC, Cllr. Mark Ward said “I would like to congratulate all Tidy Groups in SDCC who again increased their scores in the 60th National Tidy Towns Competition. I would also like to acknowledge the huge effort and commitment by all the volunteers in our County involved in their local Tidy Towns. Thank you to you all for your fantastic contribution. A special congratulations to Lucan, who achieved a bronze medal for the second year running, I am delighted with their hard work and commitment which has paid off and is recognised in this competition”

Kevin O’Loughlin from Lucan Tidy Towns Committee (Winners of a Bronze Medal – 2nd year in a row) added “Lucan Tidy Towns has been “on the go” for well over 20 years. Over the years the Tidy Towns competition has evolved from being about removing litter and planting flowers and shrubs to looking after architectural heritage, conservation and waste reduction, among other things. Planning ahead and involving schools, organisations and businesses and of course South Dublin County Council are now vital to make a difference. We are delighted to achieve another bronze medal, with an increase in our score of 7’ – it makes the hard work even more worth the effort.  It can be difficult sometimes to get motivated when we are faced with the work we have to do to get in our entry form and put on a good show for the Tidy Towns adjudicators. But when we’re out on a Saturday working with our friends we get a great buzz when we’ve made even a small improvement in our village. So we feel it is well worth it!’

Gabriel Curtis from Woodstown Village Tidy Towns said “We are all delighted Woodstown Village Knocklyon has increased its points for the 5th year in a row receiving an extra 12 points.The most incredible thing people need to keep in mind here is that Woodstown is just a small housing estate in Knocklyon’. It is unbelievable we do so well in the Tidy Towns and everyone who helps out in any way should feel a lot of pride about that, it’s an outstanding achievement we done to all our volunteers who helped out this year especially our Junior Committee who have worked their socks off as usual.”

This year SDCC are again proud to have worked in partnership with Lucan, Clondalkin, Newcastle, Woodstown Village, Templeogue, Palmerstown, Brittas and Ballyboden Committees who work tirelessly to improve their environments, and take pride in their communities. SDCC are committed to working in partnership with all our existing committees, and are delighted to announce that we have two new committees based in Rathcoole and Rathfarnham who are preparing to enter Tidy Towns 2019.