Cabinteely Tidy Towns
Cabinteely Tidy Towns members Mary Moore with An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Joyce (FG), Deirdre Smith and Imelda Galvin

Towns across Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown were celebrating last week when results from the 20th Tidy Districts Competition 2012 revealed that four towns and 12 estates in the region had won awards, with Cabinteely being declared the overall winner.

The announcement of the local successes was made at the Tidy Districts Awards ceremony which took place on September 13, which was attended by over 100 members of 42 local groups across the county.

This year, the judging panel said that the Cabinteely group had shown great teamwork for the upkeep and maintenance of the village and surrounding area by working closely with the county council, local schools, businesses and fellow residents associations.

Speaking after the event, Kate Hynes, environmental awareness officer with DLRCC said: “The Tidy Districts Competition gives the Council the opportunity to reward the hard-working residents associations and Tidy Towns groups in the county. These groups take an active interest in and responsibility for their own local environments. Building this type of partnership with the council increases the sustainability of the progress achieved and results in long-term environmental improvement in the estates, towns or villages.”

In the towns category, Dalkey Tidy Towns won Best Large Town, Blackrock Tidy Towns came second in the same category, while Cabinteely took first place in Best Small Town, and Shankill took second place.

Eighteen residential category prizes were also awarded to groups throughout the county, including Kill Abbey Residents Association, Blackrock, who won Best Housing Estate / Apartment complex (5-100 houses).Dundrum’s Parkvale Ballyolaf came second in the same category.

Meadowbrook Residents Association in Dundrum won first place in the Best Housing Estate / Apartment complex (101-200 houses) and Wood Residents Association in Stillorgan came second.

Blackrock Tidy Towns won Most Improved Town/Village, and Marie Baker, chair of the Blackrock Tidy Towns committee, said: “When our name was called out for the second prize for Best Large Town Award, I think the whole room knew we were delighted, but to get the most Improved Town award was the icing on the cake.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Tom Joyce (FG) paid tribute to the winners. “We are very proud of all the estates and Tidy Towns groups who entered this year’s competition.”