North County Excels Again

Skerries Tidy TownsSkerries Tidy Towns achieved their highest points and ranking ever in the Tidy Towns results that were released last Monday. Pictured after the results were announced at the Helix are, Ethna Felten (Director of Services Fingal County Council), Mary Conway, Eimear McLoughlin, Resa Moore, Breege Madden, Frances Owens, Anne Doyle and County Mayor, Cllr David O'Connor

There was great excitement on Monday last, with the announcement of the 2015 Tidy Towns winners. The results ceremony was held at the Helix Theatre on Monday, 28th September last and hopes were high amongst all contestants that the results would bring success for their towns and villages. The great news is that the North County has once again excelled itself, with exceptional performances by Skerries, Lusk and Malahide. In fact, Skerries with 321 points, up five from last year, came just two points behind overall winners, Letterkenny.
This year, Dublin has been included in the Midland and East region, making it even harder to win. The four Dublin local authority regions are included here which means that there are now only four regions, instead of the usual seven regions. Regardless of this new system, our North County towns continue to excel, with Skerries winning the Regional Award.
Malahide, with a total of 303 points, up three also put in an excellent showing and they retained their Gold medal status, which was warmly welcomed by the team of volunteers present on the day. The other performance of note was the fact that Lusk, with a total of 293 points, up six on last year’s great score secured a Bronze medal, the first time the town has been recognised in this way.
A special word of thanks and praise is well and truly deserved for our wonderful Tidy Towns committees and their marvellous volunteers, who have brought honour, and a sense of absolute pride to the North County. Each year they raise the bar to new heights, and this year has been no exception, as every team went up in points and achieved their best score yet. As is usual, the standard reached was incredibly high.
While it was a great day for those who were recognised for their achievements, much credit and praise must go to all of the towns and villages who gave of their all to impress the judges. Every evening, tireless volunteers could be seen tidying their districts. These volunteers are the cornerstone of our society and reflect volunteerism at its very best. Without these unsung heroes, our areas would be all the poorer, and credit must be given to them, for without them, none of this would be possible. Their work and commitment was no less intense than that of the winners, so they can look forward to next year and draw inspiration from the wonderful achievements of Skerries, Lusk and Malahide.
Well done to all our wonderful Tidy Towns volunteers.