Tallanstown has taken top honours ahead of more than 760 other locations at the 2010 National Tidy Towns competition. With a score of 308 marks, the village won tidiest village and took the overall national award for the first time – finishing ahead of Kilkenny; Killarney, Co Kerry and Lismore, Co Waterford.
Tallanstown scored 47 marks out of 50 for its overall development approach; 38/50 for the built environment; 39/50 for landscaping; 31/50 for wildlife/natural amenities; 38/50 for litter control; 16/20 for waste minimisation; 22/30 for tidiness; 30/40 for residential areas; 38/50 for roads, streets and back areas and 9/10 for the general impression created.
According to the adjudication report, Tallanstown has a “long and successful history of participation in the competition and the dedication and enthusiasm of your committee is evident both in the submission and in the works on the ground. Well done in maintaining the exceptionally high committee membership given the size of your village. The level of support you receive from your community and the enthusiasm shown for attending work evenings are also exceptional; well done on mobilising this voluntary army.”
The adjudicators further note how: “Tallanstown has an idyllic rural charm that has been enhanced by the considered approach you have taken to projects within the village area. You have managed to carry out works that complement your rural setting without overpowering or detracting from it. Well done on this. Also, the level of community involvement you enjoy is wonderful. All involved with this year’s entry are warmly thanked and congratulated for their efforts...Congratulations to the people of Tallanstown on their many initiatives and achievements and best wishes for the continuation of these.”
Elsewhere in Louth, Drogheda retained its gold medal ranking with a score of 295 marks (up one on 2009) as did Dundalk which scored 300 marks (up three on 2009). Knockbridge receive a silver medal having also improved its score to 301 marks (up one on the previous year). The winner of the SuperValu Tidy Towns Schools Award was Ardee Educate Together National School from where pupils and teachers travelled to accept their award from John Gormley TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.
Presenting the awards, Minister Gormley said: “The adjudicators were extremely impressed with Tallanstown this year and they commented that Tallanstown has ‘an idyllic rural charm’. It is a remarkable achievement to win this award in the face of such strong competition and I wish to express, again, my deep appreciation and admiration for the work that all involved carry out in their communities.”
Welcoming Tallanstown’s overall success in the national competition run by the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government with the support of SuperValu, Cllr Peter Savage, Chairman, Louth County Council, said: “It’s a great day for Louth and we can all be very proud of what has been achieved on the national stage by a great team of people in Tallanstown working together to get a brilliant result for their village and county. There are no short cuts to success in Tidy Towns and it is no coincidence that Tallanstown comes out on top this year after a number of years close to the very pinnacle.”
Mary Murtagh, Senior Executive Officer – Environment, Louth County Council added: “It’s a real thrill to see the massive voluntary effort made by a substantial group of people in Tallanstown get such a fitting reward at national level and all of those involved can be very proud of what has been achieved.
“The continued achievement by Drogheda, Dundalk and Knockbridge and the succeed of Ardee Educate Together N.S. also reflects the great efforts made in each of those locations while communities right across Louth continue to make strides in terms of how we present our county. The successes underline what can be done when the community works together with the local authorities to achieve results. Continuous improvement is the key to Tidy Towns success and what Tallanstown has achieved is testament to great teamwork across all the village. The celebrations can now be enjoyed after a job well done and it’s a great time of the year to harvest what was sown over the last 12 months!”