Congratulations to the local Tidy Town Committee on retaining its gold medal status in the National Tidy Town awards announced yesterday. This is the sixth successive gold medal for the town, an outstanding achievement by any standards and a well-deserved pay off for all the hard work done by the committee not just in the current year.
Tidy Town members at national awards in Helix Dublin pictured with Minister Michael Ring and Super Valu’s Martin Kelleher with Denis Durcan, Francie Cassidy, Mary Kerr Comlon and Gerry Hand.
Tidy Town Secretary was in buoyant mood on returning from the awards and outlined that an eight point increase at the top level of the competition is a significant achievement: “ the committee members who travelled to the awards ceremony were on a high returning to Carrick with another gold medal to add to the roll of honour. More importantly, Carrick was nominated as one of five towns for the top award and title of Irelands Tidiest Small Town. That was an extra and, I have to say an unexpected bonus, for us. This large improvement in marks this year brings us to within four points of the overall competition winner and leaves us well placed for the coming year to be among the top award winners next year. That will obviously mean a huge job of work for the community at large supported by the Municipal Authority in the coming year and buoyed up by our performance we will be starting our programme in the coming weeks,” Gerry stated.
The town improved its rating by eight marks to a result of 328 and this placed the town in overall 13th position nationally out of 870 entries this year. That means the town is in the top 1.6 % nationally, a huge achievement.
The Tidy Town Committee also asked that a huge thank you be sent out to everyone who did any work that contributed to this year’s success, not least the hardworking committee, the local authorities, the schools, the residential areas and the key sponsors, including one main sponsor who contributed significantly to the success. The Committee hopes to have a celebration and a local awards evening in the coming weeks that will recognise the achievements of the various contributors to this year’s result.