At the presentation of the Tidy Districts Awards 2018 were, left to right, Overall winners Terry Wheatley, Bláithín O'Brien and Desmond Burke-Kennedy of Dalkey Tidy Towns with Councillor Ossian Smyth, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Photo: Peter Cavanagh Photography
At the presentation of the Tidy Districts Awards 2018 were, left to right, Overall winners Terry Wheatley, Bláithín O'Brien and Desmond Burke-Kennedy of Dalkey Tidy Towns with Councillor Ossian Smyth, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Photo: Peter Cavanagh Photography

Dalkey Tidy Towns are keeping their Tidy Districts crown.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council announced Dalkey Tidy Towns as the overall winner of the 2018 Tidy Districts Competition at their Annual Awards ceremony held on Wednesday 12th September.

Dalkey Tidy Towns were recognised for their cleanliness, initiatives supporting and protecting wildlife and their efforts to foster good community spirit.

This is the 26th Tidy Districts Awards with over 100 people representing 36 local community groups. Residents Associations and Tidy Towns Groups between them received award money to the sum of €6,500.00.

Dalkey Tidy Towns said: “Congratulations to all in our Dalkey Tidy Towns team for the enormous commitment over this past year. These two gold medals are greatly appreciated.

“Thank you also to DLRCC for their support and encouragement and in particular to Dean Eaton who always has a new project to keep us alert and on our toes.”

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Ossian Smyth said: “It is heart-warming to see so many groups and individuals taking an interest in their local environment.

“Their clean-ups reduce the risk of litter finding its way into our oceans whilst efforts to support local wildlife by changing planting and spraying practices demonstrate a deeper connection to our planet.”

Other prize winners were:

Best Housing Estate (5-100 houses) Richmond Park Tidy Districts Association

Best Housing Estate (101-200 houses) Seafield Residents Association

Best Housing Estate (201-500 houses) Ardagh Residents Association

Best Housing Estate (500 houses) Broadford Residents Association

Best Estate Management (250 houses) Glasthule Building Estate Management Forum

Best Estate Management (250 houses) Shanganagh Estate Management Forum

Best Town/Village Population (3000) Cabinteely Tidy Towns

Best Town/Village Population (3000) Dalkey Tidy Towns

Most Improved Housing Estate: Holywell Residents Association

Most Improved Town / Village: Blackrock Tidy Towns

Best Biodiversity Initiative (Joint Winners) Llewelyn Residents Association Meadowlands/Fitzgerald Park Estate Mgt. Forum

Best Engaging Youth: Stillorgan Wood Residents Association

Best Age Friendly Initiative: Kingston Residents Association

Best Community / Business Involvement: Shankill Tidy Towns

Best Display Board: Monkstown Village Tidy Districts Association

Litter Wardens Awards: Valerie Snow (Glencullen Tidy Districts)