Buncrana and Malin’s efforts praised

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The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ian McGarvey, on behalf of Donegal County Council, congratulates all the towns and villages in Co. Donegal who participated in this years SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition.

Speaking after this wee’s’s Award Ceremony in the Helix in Dublin, the Mayor paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers throughout the county who do trojan work throughout the year to have their towns and villages ready for the annual competition.

He especially acknowledged the towns of Letterkenny and Glenties who received Gold Medal awards, Raphoe and Buncrana who received Silver Medal awards and Malin and Carraig Airt who received the Bronze Medal awards. He also noted that Carraig Airt has once again win the Gaeltacht award and the village of Annagry was recognised for their endeavours in this years competition.

The Mayor also congratulated James O’Neill from Buncrana who received a SuperValu Heros award for his hard work and dedication in the Tidy Towns Competition saying “it is people like James who are the backbone not only of this competition but of their communities and I would like to congratulate him on winning this award”.

The Mayor also congratulated his own home town of Ramelton for increasing their points from 254 in 2012 to 259 in 2013. “I see first hand the tremendous work done by the Tidy Towns Committee throughout the entire year and the adjudicators also recognised the great progress that is being made in Ramelton. I would like to thank everyone involved and wish them continued success”.

He added “I would also like to pay tribute to the staff of Donegal County Council for the support and advice that they provide to the Tidy Towns Committees throughtout the county. The Tidy Towns competition is very much a partnership between the local community and the County Council.”

The County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely, joined with the Mayor in congratulating all the participants of the Tidy Towns Competition.

He said that ‘these towns and villages are all worthy of an award and are a great example of what can be achieved by working together in a local community. The impact of the Tidy Towns Committees is very important not only because of the civic pride it generates but also for the confidence it instils in local businesses during these challenging times and I have no doubt that the Tidy Town Committees have a very important role to play in the regeneration of our local economy”.