Lucan village scoops the top position in Tidy Towns Awards

Lucan village scoops the top position in Tidy Towns Awards

By Brendan Grehan

LUCAN village topped the awards for South Dublin County in this year’s Tidy Towns Awards.

The Liffey-side locale scored 294 points in Category D. Further along the Liffey, Chapelizod in Category C scooped 290 points. Clondalkin in Category F scored 260 points. Ballyfermot scored a very respectable 256 points in Category E.

Palmerstown was next with 240 points in Category E. Newcastle Lyons scooped 235 points in Category D. Griffeen in Category B scored 233 points. Woodstown village scored 229 points in Category C. Clondalkin North walked away with 212 points in Category D.

Cherry Orchard scored 207 points in Category E and Firhouse scored 202 points in Category C.
Kevin O’Loughlin from the Lucan Tidy Towns Committee told The Echo that the committee were happy with their results.

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He said: “We were up four points on last year’s. We are happy with the results. We are pretty close to 300 now. Letterkenny won the overall award with 323.”

Clondalkin Tidy Towns won an Endeavour Award for the most improved in Dublin County. It is Clondalkin’s second Endeavour Award following the group’s success in 2013. Clondalkin’s 260 points marked an increase of 27 points or 11.5 per cent over 2014.

PRO with Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Ronan Connolly told The Echo: “We are delighted. This is an amazing achievement once again and we would like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed.

“We are continuing to grow from strength to strength and with an enthusiastic committee and volunteers under the expert leadership of Pat O’Sullivan, things can only get better for us.”

The ‘Clondalkin Village Summer Competition’ awards night will be held on Friday, October 16 at 8pm in Round Towers GAA Club where the group will be announcing the winners of the ‘Best Front Garden’, ‘Best Shop Front’ and ‘Best Estate Entrance’ competitions.

The Cherry Orchard Tidy Towns Committee were also very happy with their results. A spokesperson for the Committee told The Echo: “This year we had Elmdale, Cherry Orchard Community Garden and St Ultan’s School, as well as our established groups on Croftwood Park, Grove, Drive and Gardens and the hard-working group on Cloverhill Road, Raheen and Le Fanu, who all played a big part in our projects and events.

So it has come as no surprise that we gained 17 points on last year’s results. Cherry Orchard scored a fantastic 207 points in its second year in The Tidy Towns Competition.”

The spokesperson said they wanted to thank everyone who helped out. She said: “Thank you to everyone who is doing something to improve our area – from the students at St Ultan’s, the residents’ groups who take part in Tidy Towns, service providers in the area, Cherry Orchard Childcare, The Bungalow, to name a few. Cherry Orchard has amazing residents and wonderful people all with the same goal, to be a part of a great community”.

Local TD and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald congratulated the Tidy Towns groups throughout Newcastle, Clondalkin, Palmerstown and Lucan on their fantastic work and results in this year’s competition.

She said: “The Tidy Towns groups throughout our area deserve huge praise for their hard work and dedication.”
Minister Fitzgerald also praised the Tidy Towns groups based in Lucan.

She said: “The various Tidy Towns groups based in Lucan also scored impressively, with Griffeen increasing their points by 10. The Lucan Tidy Towns group scored high again, and particular note was given to the involvement of local schools including transition-year students from St Joseph’s.”

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