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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Tidy Towns

Last year
# Tidy Towns
Celebrations at RDS as Ireland's tidiest towns of 2022 revealed
The awards were presented in person for the first time since 2019.
'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
The amount spent by local authorities on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year.
At least 28 councils applying chemical herbicide, with 19 confirmed as using glyphosate products in 2022
Local authorities' spend on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year, reports Anthea Lacchia for Noteworthy
Campaigner: "Alternatives have to be prioritised... spraying should not be done in public areas"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides
# Courts
Tidy Towns group brings High Court challenge against planning permission for 131 homes in South Dublin
The group claims the decision to grant permission is flawed, in terms of both domestic and European law and should be set aside.
All time
# Tidy Towns
The tidiest town in Ireland has been revealed
It’s in Co Clare.
Opinion: 'The litter-picker was in the post. I was snookered'
Rory McNab shares his newfound love of collecting litter along Dublin’s Grand Canal, which has provided an unexpected pick-me-up in lockdown.
# Competition
Funding of €1 million to help Tidy Towns groups prepare for 2021 competition
There are 987 eligible groups registered across the country
# community spirit
'Long gone is just picking up litter. It's much bigger than that': TidyTowns helps bolster community spirit during Covid-19
Tidy Towns committees around the country have been still been working all year, despite the cancellation of the competition for 2020.
# Tidy Towns
'I would have been lost without it': Older volunteers say Tidy Towns has been a lifeline during lockdown
Volunteers said the amount of litter has been “particularly bad” during the pandemic.
# Cancelled
Tidy Towns groups can still get funding despite competition being cancelled
The annual competition was one of the many events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Cancelled
Tidy Towns competition cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency
The competition has been running since 1958.
# not received
Tidy Towns missed six town applications due to apparent email issues
The email entries were not received by the Department of Community and Rural Development.
# Environment
The tidiest town in Ireland has been revealed
It’s in Co Monaghan.
# Kerry Gold
This is Ireland's tidiest town
Listowel picked up the prestigious award this afternoon.
# tricks of the trade
"It's magic": what this Tidy Towns judge has learned after almost four decades in the business
We spoke to Ann O’Leary, who has been judging Tidy Towns for 38 years, ahead of this year’s competition.
# birdhill
How to win Tidy Towns: We speak to last year's winners as they prepare to defend their title
Birdhill became national winners last year as well as earning the tidiest village award for a consecutive year after 2016.
# New Rules
Galway clean-up groups say they're concerned about 'which roads they'll be allowed to clean'
Voluntary groups are not permitted to work on roads with traffic volumes greater than 1000 vehicles per day.
# the last straw
Westport to become Ireland's first plastic straw-free town
Pubs are already on board the initiative which is part of their entry into the 2018 Tidy Towns competition.
# campaigning
Tidy Towns groups across the country are asking campaigners not to put up posters
This might be why some posters are missing in your town.
# Best in show
Ennis has been declared Ireland's cleanest town
The runners up were Roscommon and last year’s winner Kildare.
# Quiz
Quiz: Name the Tidy Towns winner
Spruce up your knowledge.
# Premier League
This is Ireland's tidiest town
The town in the west of Tipperary picked up the prestigious award this afternoon.
# litterbugs
This Cork village claims it could raise €19,000 per day if it fines everyone who litters
Glounthaune village sees 130 littering offences every day.
# Tidy Towns
'It's not just about tidiness, it gives you a network and set of friends'
Members of the Wexford Tidy Towns committee travelled to Tidy Towns winner Skerries as part of the Journal Journeys competition.
# so fresh and so clean
This is Ireland's tidiest town
Minister for Regional Economic Development Michael Ring said Skerries was a “worthy winner”.
# team effort
These are the 'best kept' towns in Ireland
The winners of the all-Ireland competition were announced today.
# not in our town
Wicklow village convinces politicians to keep the place a poster-free zone during the election
Glenealy Tidy Towns say they are delighted with the result.
# bang tidy
This is Ireland's tidiest town...
Letterkenny has won for the first time at its 57th try.
# Prime Numbers
Twink, Superquinn sausages, Irish Water, and punts: Ireland by numbers in 2014
How many pigs are in Ireland? How many people are paid minimum wage? So many questions…
# drumroll please
And the tidiest town in Ireland is...
849 entries. Only one winner.
# litterbugs
Dublin, Cork and Limerick are the dirtiest cities in Ireland
The good news is that 75% of towns and cities were found to be as clean or cleaner than European counterparts.
# Sligo
OPW hands former Ballymote Garda station over to local community
An art-deco building that was closed in 2009 will be licensed to local community groups.
# Animal Cruelty
Love/Hate blamed for decapitated ducks
Animal Rights group ARAN is willing to offer a reward of €1500 if someone comes forward with information that leads to a conviction.
# Competition
Guess where Ireland's best kept village is...
Here’s a hint: It’s also the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Kept Town, announced earlier today.
# an tóstal
You know we had a 'Gathering' 60 years ago, right?
‘An Tóstal’ was organised in 1953 to encourage visitors to come to Ireland outside of the normal tourist season. And it gave us the Rose of Tralee.
# supervalu tidytowns
Do you live in Ireland's tidiest town?
The Minister for the Environment officially launched the competition, saying that it is important to present Ireland “in the best possible light”.
# THE rankings
IBAL Litter League 2012: Where did your town finish?
Kilkenny has been named Ireland’s most litter-free town by Irish Business Against Litter. Did your town feature highly?
# Litter
Kilkenny named Ireland's cleanest town for 2012
The Marble City pips Cavan and Killarney to be named Ireland’s cleanest by Irish Business Against Litter.
# Litter
80% of Irish towns 'as clean' as European average
More than 80 per cent of Irish towns are clean or cleaner than the European average – but Dublin’s north inner city has been branded a blackspot.
# Paint Job
Ghost estate turned into outdoor art exhibition
What would you do with Ireland’s ghost estates?
# Litter
Green light given to most third level colleges graded on litter and cleanliness
Just one third-level campus has been marked as “heavily littered” following the IBAL survey.