Galway towns and villages clean up for 2023 Tidy Towns

Galway Daily news Grant funding awarded to 42 Galway Tidy Towns groups
Milltown tidy towns 2019

Milltown has been named as the cleanest town in Galway in the 2023 Supervalu Tidy Towns awards, followed by Abbey and Spiddal in second and third place.

The three cleanest locales in the county won €1,000, €800, and €500 respectively for the efforts they put into taking care of their communities.

Milltown also won a Gold Medal, which come with a €900 prize, while Abbey and Galway City Centre won Silver Medals for their Tidy Towns efforts, winning €700 each.

Tullycross Tidy Towns won the Endeavour Award for Galway, which goes to the area which saw the largest improvement on the previous year, winning €500.

This year, 887 towns were competing for the prestigious awards demonstrating the continuing huge national interest in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition which has been running since 1958.

Abbeyleix, Co. Laois was named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town as well as Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said, “As always, the standard of competition was extremely high this year in all categories, with 887 entries received overall. I want to pay tribute to all the winners today across all the various categories.”

“In particular, I want to recognise the vital role of Tidy Towns volunteers across the country who are working so hard all year round to ensure our communities are vibrant, sustainable places to live, work and visit.”

“You are truly an inspiration, and the embodiment of everything that is good in our communities,” the Minister said.

Four other towns and villages in Galway won prizes across multiple Special Awards categories in the 2023 Tidy Towns.

Williamstown Tidy Towns was the winner of the special Heritage Award, taking home the prize of €3,000.

Monivea Tidy Towns won €2,000 for the Village & Small Town Category of the Gum Litter Taskforce Award.

Northampton National School in Kinvara won €1,000 as the North West & West regional winner of the School Award.

Woodford Parish Development was one of six Highly Commended towns in the Pollinator Award category.