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Monday, 11th November 2019

Louth Looking Good Awards 2019

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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. 

WINNERS 2019

TOWNS & VILLAGES

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 

HOUSING ESTATES

BEST HOUSING ESTATE IN COUNTY LOUTH - Clos na Manach, Carlingford

Category A

1st  Place                    -           Killineer Cottages, Killineer    -   Slate Award

2nd Place                    -           Glyde Road Cottages, Tallanstown

3rd Place                    -           An Rian, Annagassan

Most Improved       -           Knockattin, Knockbridge

Category B

1st Place                    -           St. Oliver’s Park, Carlingford   -  Slate Award

2nd Place                    -           Papal Drive, Collon

3rd Place                    -           Louth Hall Cottages, Tallanstown

Category C

1st Place                    -           Sea View, Annagassan   -  Slate Award

2nd Place                    -           Orchard Villas, Termonfeckin

3rd Place                    -           St. Mary’s Villas, Kilsaran

Most Improved       -           Cherrywood Park, Tallanstown

Category D

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

GRAVEYARD CATEGORY

Winner          -           Haggardstown Old Graveyard   -           Slate Award

Runner Up    -           Tullyallen Cemetery

3rd Place        -           Dysart Cemetery

Merit Award                        Cill Mhuire Cemetery

BEST WASTE MINIMISATION PROJECT

Winner          -           Dromiskin Tidy Towns     

Runner Up   -           Blackrock Tidy Towns

YOUTH AWARD

Winner          -           Stabannon T.T.

AGE FRIENDLY AWARD

Winner          -           Dromiskin T.T.

TREE AWARD

Winner          -           Monasterboice Tourism and Tidy Towns

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