Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea would like to extend hearty congratulations to towns and communities in Cork that took part in this year’s Tidy Towns competition.
Cllr. O’Shea also urged communities across Cork to avail of funding for next year’s competition.
Cllr. O’Shea said: “For over 60 years the Tidy Towns competition has brought enormous improvements to our local towns, villages and rural areas here in Cork.
“Here in Cork the enhancements brought about by our local tidy towns committees give the whole community a lift.
“I was particularly pleased to see our own towns and villages doing very well. Ballincollig were Gold medal winners, while both Millstreet and Macroom were Bronze medal recipients. Kanturk also picked up the County Endeavors Award for Cork North.
“Some €38,000 in funding was awarded to community groups in Cork North alone for this year’s competition.
“This competition really shows us the importance of participation. Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.”
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring today announced a special allocation of €1.4 million to support the work of individual Tidy Towns Committees around the country to assist them in their continued efforts to enhance their towns and villages.
This is the third year in a row that Minister Ring has allocated this funding to support the work of the Tidy Towns Committees.
The Minister said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that I am making available €1.4 million in order to directly support the Tidy Towns committees who work so tirelessly to bring out the best in their towns and villages.
“My Department will be writing to eligible Tidy Towns Committees shortly to outline how they can avail of this funding. I urge them to do so.”