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Could your street be crowned Ireland’s healthiest street? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2014 15:22
Ireland's Best Kept Towns 2014 Competition Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Magnier   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 15:44
loakersBlackrock has been pipped by just one point by Hillsborough, Co. Down for the award for Ireland's Best Kept Small Town 2014.  The awards were presented aboard the S.S. Nomadic in the Titanic Centre in Belfast recently.  Blackrock received 215 points out of 250, while Hillsborough got 216.  Former national Tidy Towns winner Aughrim, Co. Wicklow got 203 points.
"This is an amazing achievement for Blackrock" said Tidy Towns chairman John Horan.  Never in our wildest dreams would we have expected to come so close to Hillsborough, and it's a tremendous tribute to the whole community in Blackrock to have brought the village up to these standards" he said.
The competition was judged during May, when the village was visited twice by the judges.  Adjudication covered seven different categories, with Blackrock beating Hillsborough by one point in one category and equaling them in five others.  However under the "Presentation of Residential Areas and Private Frontages" category Hillsborough beat Blackrock by two points giving them the award.  The adjudication report noted that "Unfortunately boundary walls and fences in some areas looked shabby. Weedy kerbs were noted here and there in some estates".  The report, however, is overwhelmingly positive - click here to read it.  
"Once again we want to thank everybody who has contributed to this wonderful achievement for the village" said John Horan, "all our volunteers, the C.E. and Tús Schemes, the Probation Service, RehabCare, the residents associations and the business community.  This is something for which every single person in the village can feel proud" he said.

Blackrock Raft Race 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Magnier   
Monday, 16 June 2014 13:04
raftracepic2014Blackrock Raft Race & Family Fun Day 2014 - Competition Winners
Raft Race (sponsored by Brendan Watters Insurances)
1st - Life Pharmacy
2nd - St. Fursey's NS
3rd - Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home
Special Award - Belles Tea Rooms
Special Award - Harrisons
Family Treasure Hunt (sponsored by The Crowne Plaza, Dundalk)
Winner - The Verling family
Sandcastle Competition (sponsored by Tiernan's Centra)
Winner (with adult help) - "Barbie on the Beach" (Ali and Hanna)
Winner (without adult help) - "Death on the Beach - Jaws"  (Fiachra, Caoimhe, Donal, Aoife)
Special mention - "Beyonce of the Sea" (Eryn, Grace, Clodagh, Isabel, Aoife, Lisa, Toni)
Schools Talent Competition (with the Reynolds Academy of Performing Arts)
1st - "Monsters", St. Furseys' NS (Daniel, Paul, Ryan)
2nd - "Fairy Reel", St. Oliver Plunkett's NS (Lily,Leah, Sophie, Rachael, Kalem, Frank)
3rd - Guitar and solo song, St. Oliver Plunkett's NS (Jonah Power)
Bumper Raffle
32" LCD HD TV sponsored by Lally's Electrical - Caroline Carroll
A Night at the Races sponsored by Dundalk Stadium - Sheila McCormack
Beauty Products sponsored by McQuillan's Pharmacy - Niall Martin
Bumber Hamper sponsored by Louth County Council - Brendan Ryan
Hair Care Voucher sponsored by The Hair Shop - Catherine Logan
Bottle of Whiskey sponsored by Cooley Distillery - Ann McEleavey
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 July 2014 21:55
Blackrock Green Home Programme Completed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Magnier   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:36
Blackrock has completed its two year Green Home Programme, and has recorded significant improvements in its "green" rating over the period.  The programme was initiated by Blackrock Tidy Towns in 2012 in association with An Taisce, Louth County Council and St. Oliver Plunkett's school.  Over 100 households signed up to the programme, many at the "Green Christmas Fair" organised by the Tidy Towns in 2012.  Each household completed an initial online survey answering a series of questions relating to waste, energy, water and transport, and were provided with their rating for each at that point.  Ratings under "water" and "transport" indicated significant opportunity for improvement based on the survey results.  Over the period of the programme the participants received information that would help them achieve these improvements, while at the same time raising their awareness about each of the themes and the global aspects of the need to do something positive to conserve scarce resources and to protect the environment.  It was also demonstrated that becoming "greener" would help save each household money in the longer term.  During the course of the programme participants took part in a "Christmas Food Waste Challenge", a "Water Wise" initiative, and learned about "Food Miles" and  "Wiser Travel".  Over the last month each household completed a final survey to measure their "green" ratings two years later, and to compare it to the initial results.  Improvements were been recorded under each of the four themes with an 8% improvement under "waste", 13% under "transport", 17% under "energy" and a whopping 30% improvement under "water".  Overall the programme delivered a 17% improvement rating for the Blackrock community.  Blackrock Tidy Towns accepted a plaque from An Taisce acknowledging completion of the programme at a ceremony in The Helix in Dublin last Wednesday (21st), and the plaque will be erected on the promenade shortly. We would like to congratulate each of the 90 households who completed the Green Home Programme. We hope that they will continue to get significant benefits from what they have achieved, quite apart from the fact that, by participating, each has contributed to the long-term protection of our environment for the benefit of all our children.  Thank you to Dr. Dorothy Stewart from An Taisce, Mary Murtagh from Louth County Council, and St. Oliver Plunkett's school for facilitating the Green Home Programme for Blackrock.

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