Jim O'Neill representing Orchard Villas, Termonfeckin receives Second Place in Category C Housing Estates from Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly and Eamon McCabe, McCabe Plant Hire at the Louth Tidy Towns Together "Louth Looking Good" awards for 2019 held in the Crowne Plaza. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics.
Angela Callan and Sarah Yildirim representing Rathview, Termonfeckin receive the Adjudicators Award in Category D Housing Estates from Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly and Paddy O'Hanlon, Maxol Dublin Rd., Dundalk at the Louth Tidy Towns Together ˜Louth Looking Good" awards for 2019 held in the Crowne Plaza. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics
Malachy and Joan McGrane, McGrane of XL Stores, Sandpit receive the Best Presented Shop Fronts award from Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly at the Louth Tidy Towns Together “Louth Looking Good” awards for 2019. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics
Jim Mooney, Michael O’Neill, David Morgan and Larry Branigan representing Tullyallen Grave Yard receive Second Place in the Grave Yard Section from Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly and Barry Eaton, Community Section LCC at the Louth Tidy Towns Together ˜Louth Looking Good” awards for 2019. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics.
Hugh Callaghan and Pat Roche, representing Dunleer Proprietors receive the Best Presented Shop Fronts awards from Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly at the Louth Tidy Towns Together at the Louth Tidy Towns Together ˜Louth Looking Good” awards for 2019. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics.
Monasterboice Tidy Towns members Sean McCormack, Dan Egan, Catherine Smith, Alison Quaile and Katryn Moran receive the Tree Award, sponsored by former Cllr. Peter Savage, from Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly at the Louth Tidy Towns Together ˜Louth Looking Good” awards for 2019. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics.
Owen Kirwan, Ann Humphries, Bobby Aspell and John Maguire, Termonfeckin Tidy Towns receive the Fyffeâ€™s Special Merit Award from Emma Hunt-Duffy, Fyffes and Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly at the Louth Tidy Towns Together ˜Louth Looking Good” awards for 2019. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics.
Kathleen Smyth representing Killineer Cottages receives First Place in Category A Housing Estates from Chairman of Louth County Council, Liam Reilly and Larry Magnier, Louth Tidy Towns Together at the Louth Tidy Towns Together ˜Louth Looking Good” awards for 2019. Picture Ken Finegan/Newspics.
It was a night of celebration and reflection when representatives from tidy towns’ groups and residents associations from throughout the county gathered in the Crowne Plaza to hear the announcement of the results of Louth Looking Good 2019.
The evening started on a sombre note with tributes paid to three recently deceased Tidy Towns stalwarts Mickey Kelly from Kilkerley, Tommy McGrory from Castlebellingham and Councillor Oliver Tully who had all played a huge role in tidy towns development in the county for many, many years.
The celebratory element of the evening commenced with a video of the county produced by Ken and Aine Finnegan from Newspics which highlighted the terrific work undertaken to ensure an exceptional standard of presentation in towns and villages throughout the county.
Organised by Louth Tidy Towns Together, with funding from Louth LEADER Partnership and supported by Louth County Council and a number of loyal corporate sponsors the Louth Looking Good campaign recognises and rewards the work of volunteers in demonstrating active citizenship to ensure that our communities are attractive, sustainable places to live, work and visit.
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Councillor Liam Reilly, Chairman of Louth County Council and a tidy towns volunteer himself was fulsome in his praise for everyone who played a part in the success of Louth Looking Good referring in particular to the four way partnership that delivered the campaign with Louth Tidy Towns Together, Louth LEADER Partnership, Louth County Council and the loyal corporate sponsors working in partnership to deliver such positive outcomes.
He also took the opportunity to highlight the fact that the Irish Rural Network has highlighted and promoted Louth Looking Good as an example of best practice in the use of public funds through the Rural Development Programme. In his capacity as Chairman of Louth LEADER Partnership Frank O’Brien was able to highlight a number of the many ways that the LEADER programme has supported tidy towns development in the county.
Unsurprisingly, fresh from being named Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town in the National Tidy Towns Awards, Blackrock were the big winners on the night and were named Overall Winner of Louth Looking Good 2019, as well as winning the top award in the Graveyard Category for their work on the maintenance of Haggardstown Old Cemetery and claiming the runner-up prize in the Waste Minimisation Special Award, as well as a staggering ten business properties receiving Shopfront Awards for their high standard of presentation.
It was also a great result for their close neighbours in Dromiskin who were runners-up in the campaign as well as winning the Waste Minimisation Award and the Age Friendly Award. Monasterboice stormed up the rankings to scoop third place as well as winning the Tree Award.
The other big winners on the night were Carlingford who won Most Improved, with the Adjudicators Award going to Knockbridge and Tallanstown scooping the Chairman’s Award!
Fyffes Merit Awards went to Kilkerley, Termonfeckin and Grange, while Annagassan and Stabannon were the recipients of Endeavour Awards, with Stabannon also winning the Special Youth Award.
The high cleanliness ratings achieved by all entrants in the Litter League is testament to the terrific work of the volunteers in managing litter in their communities with Kilkerley, Annagassan and Castlebellingham emerging as the main winners in the league this year.
The prestigious Environmentalist of the Year was won by Seamus Mc Ardle from Dromiskin Tidy Towns, making him only the second person in the twenty four year history of the award to win it for a second time, following in the trailblazing footsteps of Larry Magnier from Blackrock. Nobody was more surprised than Mary Murtagh when her colleagues on Louth Tidy Towns Together presented her with a Special Recognition Award for her work on Tidy Towns development in the county.
Residents associations were also honoured for their excellent work with Clós na Manach in Carlingford named as Best Overall Housing Estate in County Louth and Church View Dromiskin, Sea View Annagassan, St. Oliver’s Park in Carlingford and Kilineer Cottages coming out in top in their respective categories.
Plenty of winners in Louth Looking Good and certainly no losers with the biggest winners of all being the environment of County Louth.
1st - Blackrock
2nd - Dromiskin
3rd - Monasterboice
Adjudicators Award - Knockbridge
Most Improved - Carlingford
Chairman’s Award - Tallanstown
Fyffe’s Special Merit Award - Kilkerley
Fyffe’s Special Merit Award - Termonfeckin
Fyffe’s Special Merit Award - Grange
Endeavour Award - Stabannon
Endeavour Award - Annagassan
1st Place - Killineer Cottages, Killineer - Slate Award
2nd Place - Glyde Road Cottages, Tallanstown
3rd Place - An Rian, Annagassan
Most Improved - Knockattin, Knockbridge
1st Place - St. Oliver’s Park, Carlingford - Slate Award
2nd Place - Papal Drive, Collon
3rd Place - Louth Hall Cottages, Tallanstown
1st Place - Sea View, Annagassan - Slate Award
2nd Place - Orchard Villas, Termonfeckin
3rd Place - St. Mary’s Villas, Kilsaran
Most Improved - Cherrywood Park, Tallanstown
1st Place - Church View, Dromiskin - Slate Award
2nd Place - Ferdia Park, Ardee
3rd Place - De La Salle Crescent, Ardee
Most Improved - Cappocksgate, Ardee
Adjudicator’s Award - Rath View, Termonfeckin
Winner - Haggardstown Old Graveyard - Slate Award
Runner Up - Tullyallen Cemetery
3rd Place - Dysart Cemetery
Merit Award Cill Mhuire Cemetery
Winner - Dromiskin Tidy Towns
Runner Up - Blackrock Tidy Towns
Winner - Stabannon T.T.
Winner - Dromiskin T.T.
Winner - Monasterboice Tourism and Tidy Towns