It’s that time of year again for towns and villages across the country to tap into their community spirit by taking part in the annual TidyTowns Competition, according to Fine Gael TD for Meath East Regina Doherty.
“The TidyTowns competition for 2011 has been officially launched by the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, and I am encouraging locals right across Meath East to get involved in this unique event.
“The TidyTowns Competition, which is sponsored by SuperValu, is a shining example of what can be achieved through volunteering, dedication and a strong sense of civic duty. For more than 50 years communities across the country have hung flowerpots, mown grass and swept streets in a joint effort to make their town or village look its best.
“Local authorities are also being given a helping hand to spruce up their area. Minister Hogan has announced a total of €350,000 in grants to support Civic Responsibility Week, which will run from 9th to 15th of May.
“Last year more than 760 towns and villages took part in TidyTowns, and I believe that this year, in conjunction with Civic Responsibility Week, even more local communities will join in.
“We have two very high profile international visitors due to arrive on Irish shores next month. The TidyTowns Competition provides the perfect opportunity to make sure our towns and villages are looking bright and beautiful, at a time when the world will be looking on.
“Minister Hogan is encouraging people to “get their hands dirty”, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s time for Meath people to do their bit and get involved in TidyTowns 2011.
“The closing date for entries for this year’s competition is May 20th. Entry forms can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, by phoning 053-9117347, or by logging on to http://www.tidytowns.ie/.”