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Welcome to www.tidytowns.ie
A Chairde,

I am delighted to announce the launch of the 2016 SuperValu TidyTowns competition.

The competition has been encouraging community effort for nearly 60 years and I am pleased to note that even in its 58th year, it is as popular as ever. Last year there was a record number of entries to the competition and I hope we can continue to build on this success and break that record again in 2016. 

The competition inspires a huge amount of voluntary effort in towns and villages across the country. The effort of hundreds of TidyTowns committees and tens of thousands of volunteers not only improves the environment in which we live, but also helps to cement community relations and build pride in our communities. This competition helps to motivate sustainable change, where volunteers work together to make their village, town or city the very best it can be. My Department has been working in partnership with Volunteer Ireland to grow voluntary effort; their website  www.volunteer.ie matches members of the public interested in volunteering with voluntary opportunities in their own areas. I would ask TidyTowns groups to  take advantage of this initiative.
This year sees the 25th anniversary of SuperValu’s sponsorship and I would like to congratulate them on this milestone and on helping to build one of the most successful sponsorship partnerships in Ireland. I thank them for their unwavering support for the competition. The SuperValu TidyTowns competition is a great example of how a public private partnership can work to the good of all in our society.

Tourism is very important to Ireland. Since its inception, entrants to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition have improved the environment in which we live and have helped to foster Ireland’s image abroad. Not only does the competition play an important role in how our country looks, but those who live locally have a better appreciation and pride in their own community. This makes a town more welcoming and leaves visitors with a wish to return. The collective work of generations of TidyTowns volunteers has helped in presenting our country in the best possible light, as a clean and green destination to visit. These efforts build better, more inclusive communities, benefitting the economy and our society as a whole.

In addition to the main competition, there are also twelve Special Awards that you can enter. These competitions are a welcome and intrinsic part of the TidyTowns competition and I would like to encourage entrants to enter some of them, as well as the main competition. You can see details of all the Special Awards in your entry form, or on www. TidyTowns.ie.

Finally, I would like to thank our main sponsor SuperValu, the sponsors of all our Special Awards, our adjudicators and in particular all the volunteers in the towns and villages across Ireland who have entered the competition down through the years for their continued support for this wonderful competition. 

I wish all our entrants the very best of luck in 2016.

Go n-éirí an t-ádh agus an aimsir libh!

Alan Kelly
Minister for the Environment
Community and Local Government