National Tidy Towns Awards 2022 – Adare Tidy Towns committee pictured above being awarded a gold medal at the ceremony
This win follows Adares big win at Limerick Going For Gold
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy
The village of Adare had a lot to celebrate over the bank holiday weekend as it won two major awards.
On Tuesday, October 25, Adare was named the overall winner of the Limerick Going For Gold competition 2022.
Limerick Going For Gold is a community-based competition aimed at making Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit. Adare came out on top and was awarded €10,000 in the Tidy Towns category.
Less than three days later, members of the Adare Tidy Towns committee travelled up to the RDS Arena in Dublin, where they were awarded a gold medal at the National Tidy Towns Awards on Friday, October 28.
The National Tidy Towns Awards 2022 at the RDS was the first in-person ceremony since the Covid-19 pandemic struck and this year’s competition received the third-highest number of entries in its almost 65-year history.
Along with scooping these major wins, the village won the County Award with Ardpatrick Tidy Towns after coming in second place.
The adjudicator’s report found that Adare’s points total increased from 343 to 356. The volume of traffic that passes through the village each day, and how much a bypass is needed was noted.
The work of the passionate committee and the contribution of up to 80 volunteers, many of which volunteer to go out litter-picking at 6 am on Sundays, was also highlighted by the adjudicators who stated they were impressed by several specific projects.
A member of the Adare Tidy Towns committee took to Facebook and said, “Adare Tidy Towns are delighted to win a Gold medal yesterday at the awards ceremony at the RDS. Huge thanks to everyone for making this possible, our very hard-working volunteers and supporters.”
Many supporters and volunteers commented to express their congratulations.
One user said, “Delighted for ye. Well deserved! It was fun sharing the eventful journey to the R.D.S. with all of you lovely Limerick people on Friday. All the best for the coming year from Listowel Tidy Towns.”
Another said “Well done and fair play. All your hard work week in and out. Well deserved.”
The overall winner of the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition was Trim in County Meath.
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