Tidy Towns

  

 

TIDY TOWNS, CARRICK-ON-SUIR

We aim to make the town of Carrick-on-Suir and it's environs a great place not alone to visit but to live in all year round. We aim to involve local community groups of all ages in the maintenance and development of the town and particularly in preserving the unique heritage and character of the town for future generations.

Tidy Towns Competition 2016 Adjudication Report - click here

Photography copyright Pete Smith.

Tudor Manor House Opening 2017

Tudor Manor House Festival 2017

Tudor Manor House 2017

Green Buildings 2017

Spring Meadows 2017

Renovations Winter 2017

Old Bridge Winter 2017

Town Park Autumn 2016

Town Views 2016

Town Views 2016

Town Views 2016

New Street & more 2016

River Suir 2016

The Marina 2016

Town Park 2016

Nationally

The national TidyTowns initiative was launched by Bord Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board (now Fáilte Ireland), in 1958 as part of the 'Tostal', a nationwide festival celebrating all things Irish. A step-up from the original National Spring Clean Campaign which ran between 1953 and 1957, TidyTowns rapidly developed its own identity and has gone on to become Ireland's most well known and popular local environmental initiative.

Right from the start, the primary focus of TidyTowns was to encourage communities to improve their local environment and make their area a better place to live, work and visit. The competition aspect was an important element in developing friendly rivalry that would help boost standards across the board. and the winner of the first competition held in 1958 was Glenties, Co Donegal pictured above. However, the emphasis was always on participating rather than winning as the very act of taking part brought benefits to the community. And with a focus on long-term results rather than quick returns, TidyTowns was soon seen as a unique and far-sighted initiative.

Although just 52 towns entered in its first year, TidyTowns rapidly increased in popularity with an average of 700 entrants per year. Its success also spawned many other initiatives at national, county and local level, which further boosted its reputation and impact. It is impossible to accurately estimate the number of people who have had some involvement in TidyTowns, but its safe to say it has run into the hundreds of thousands, and its influence on the transformation of Ireland's landscape is undeniable.

Following the restructuring of Bord Fáilte in 1995, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government assumed responsibility for TidyTowns and now organises the initiative with the support of national sponsor SuperValu and a number of other agencies. Its success continues, and while it has moved with the times, it still retains the same core principle of its founders - "make your place a better place."

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