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Council hails community spirit as Ennis celebrates Tidy Towns success

THE Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Councillor PJ Ryan, and the Mayor of Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Ann Norton, have welcomed the news that Ennis has been named Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2021 and commended all those involved in achieving the prestigious accolade. Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced the win at a ceremony in the RDS, Dublin last week. Ennis was judged to be the best from 847 entries to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, which has been in existence since 1958. Ennis first entered the competition in 1959 and has won the competition on one occasion previously, in 2005. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Councillor PJ Ryan, said the award reflects the collaborative approach taken by the local community and business sectors in Ennis, and said the local authority is delighted to partner with Clare’s community group. “I want to acknowledge the year-round work that is done by Ennis Tidy Towns and commend them on achieving …

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‘This is something the whole town achieved’

Ennis Tidy Towns chairman pays tribute to volunteer spirit of diverse set of partners ENNIS cleaned up at this year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns awards taking home the overall title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2021. “We are over the moon. This is the first time in 16 years, and only the second time since the competition started that we have brought the prize back to Ennis,” Ennis Tidy Towns chairman Cormac McCarthy told the Clare Champion after the announcement. “This is a testament not only to our volunteers, and we have a wonderful committee, but we very much accepted the award on behalf of the entire town. “Our submission every year is peppered with projects that Ennis Tidy Towns partner with other groups on. Then there is the wonderful landscaping around the town and how clean the streets are kept by the council staff. “We partner with Macra na Feirme, Ennis Sub-Aqua Club, the Brothers of Charity, HSE Dulick centre, schools, …

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Council called on to honour Tidy Towns volunteers

A CALL is being made for a civic reception to be held in honour of the Ennis Tidy Towns committee following their “monumental achievement” in being named Ireland’s Tidiest Town. Clare Fine Gael TD, Deputy Joe Carey, said, “This is a monumental achievement, and the hard-working volunteers deserve huge credit for their work this year and indeed over many, many years,” he added. He believes that Clare County Council should mark the achievement by hosting a Civic Reception in recognition of the work of many volunteers, throughout the years. “I am calling on Clare County Council to hold a civic reception for the volunteers who have selflessly given their time freely over the years. “This news is a huge boost to Ennis and an example to all of us around Clare as to what can be achieved through hard work and persistence. Their success is even more impressive in light of the pandemic and the challenges that has brought,” Deputy …

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‘Sterling effort’ in Tidy Towns

Challenges of litter, wandering fairy doors and aged signs all taken in stride of community volunteers, says report SHANNON received 320 marks from a possible 470 in this year’s Tidy Towns contest, winning a lot of praise from the judges. The adjudicators report on the town said, “A really sterling effort from Shannon here this year. You’ve shown how well a community can deal with setbacks and not just Covid-19. You take litter, wandering fairy doors and aged signs in your stride. Thanks for all the time and effort. “Not just for your entry but for the massive amount that you are clearly doing for Shannon. Well done.” It said that there has been a lot of support for the Tidy Towns effort locally. “We are very impressed with the level of commitment we are seeing from Shannon. It’s clear that you are providing a very worthwhile volunteering experience for many of your residents. You are well supported by a …

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Praise for Ireland’s Tidiest Town

AFTER announcing Ennis as the winner of the overall Tidy Towns prize, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys praised the efforts made in the county town. “This is a fantastic achievement for Ennis who are very deserving winners. Ennis first entered the SuperValu TidyTowns competition in 1959 and continue to showcase all that is good about community and volunteerism. They have been consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local, regional, national and European level and won the competition previously in 2005. Given the tremendous interest in the competition and the increasing efforts made by all entrants, it is a wonderful achievement to take the national title for a second time; this really demonstrates that resilience and determination do reap rewards. “I want to congratulate Ennis and all of the other deserving prize-winners announced today. It has not been easy for TidyTowns groups during what has been an unprecedented period.” Clare TD Joe Carey also lauded the …

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High praise for Ennis from adjudicators

ENNIS took 355 marks from a possible 470 en route to being named Ireland’s Tidiest Town. One of the adjudicators of Ennis praised the level of participation in Tidy Towns in Ennis. “A core committee of 20 is a strong team and doubtless you have a strong ‘bench’ too as you can boast 100 volunteers behind your many initiatives.” They added, “It’s impressive to read the range of supporting organisations. This isn’t limited to environmental or residential groups (although these are in there indeed) but also include groups where social inclusion and justice are core aims. Inclusivity is increasingly important in modern Ireland and we are cheered to see the involvement of our ‘newer’ citizens as well as older volunteers “ There was also praise for the streetscapes and public places of the town. “Those banners for the railway station look gorgeous. It is hoped that these will look just as good in place. The Lanes & Bows regeneration will have huge impact …

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“This is a phenomenal achievement for the town of Ennis”

FIANNA Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has lauded the achievement of Ennis, which was this afternoon named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2021. Clare’s county town scooped the top prize at this year’s Tidy Towns Awards, which were held in a scaled back ceremony at the RDS today. “This is a phenomenal achievement for the town of Ennis and for the Tidy Towns committee,” said Deputy Crowe. “I’m just thrilled for them. To beat off stiff competition from 846 other entrants is no mean feat but a quick walk-through Ennis will show you exactly how they achieved it. “It’s a regular occurrence to drive through the town on any given day and see the team of volunteers bending over backwards to pick up litter in the hi-vis vests, sprucing up the flower beds and pots and so on. “Not only did Ennis manage to take the top prize, the town was also named the country’s tidiest large urban centre …

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Ennis named Ireland’s Tidiest Town

ENNIS has been named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2021. It was named as the winner at Friday afternoon’s ceremony. Ennis also took the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre. At the ceremony Minister Heather Humphreys announced Ennis as the winner, while presenter Anne Cassin said that its Tidy Towns group had done great work to keep people positive during the pandemic. She said adjudicators had found that that Ennis had excelled on social media, while they praised initiatives such as artwork on the town’s drain covers, which were described as “combining the aesthetic with the practical”. Also praised were the town’s parklet, the work done on pollinators, gum drop bins, and sustainability initiatives such as school walking buses and the town’s bike week. MORE TO FOLLOW

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