Dalkey cleans up with Tidy double

by Emma Nolan
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Dalkey has been named the best village, as well as the overall winner of the 2017 Tidy Districts Competition and Holywell in Dundrum was named Best New Entry.

The judging panel said the Dalkey group had shown great teamwork for the upkeep and maintenance of the town and surrounding area, by working closely with the dlr, local schools, businesses and fellow resident associations.

Contributing to their success was the redevelopment of Sorento Park and Bullock Harbour and the on-going efforts to tackle graffiti.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Tom Murphy said: “Estates and town groups all over dlr have once again been very active this year and it is inspiring to see so many people getting involved and helping to transform their local communities into places which we would all like to live in. Their success has been recognised this week locally and nationally.

“It is a testament to the community spirit in our area, and I commend everybody involved.”

Event organiser Dean Eaton, Environmental Awareness Officer for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said: “The Tidy Districts Competition gives us the opportunity to formally recognise and reward the hard working residents’ associations and tidy towns groups in our County who take responsibility for, and take an active interest in, their own local environments.

“Nature initiatives continue to dominate local improvements with many estates adopting pollinator friendly planting and maintenance programmes.”

In Holywell, chairperson of the residents association, Anna Grainger said: “Congratulations to all volunteers in Holywell who gave up their own time and whose efforts helped bring about the great improvements in our estate which has resulted in us achieving this amazing award. Well done and thank you everyone!

“Together, we have achieved so much in our first year and the enhancements made has given our whole community in Holywell a lift.”

Anna added: “These improvements instil a sense of pride about where we live and also reignites our sense of community, something that I am passionate about. I would encourage residents wishing to get involved and participate, to join in, everyone is welcome!

“I would like to thank all those who helped, participated and encouraged us along the way to reach this point. Who knew getting down and dirty could be so rewarding!”

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