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Beautiful Blackrock Awards 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Magnier   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:24


The 2014 Beautiful Blackrock Awards were presented at a ceremony in The Clermont on Monday the 13th of October, and were sponsored by Flanagan Motors.  Blackrock Tidy Towns would like to congratulate all the prizewinners:

Best Hanging Baskets / Window Boxes

Winner:            Rosemary McDonnell

2nd prize:         Thomas & Cabrini Lambe

3rd prize:         John Watters

Commended:    Geraldine & Declan Conlon; Dympna Wilson

Best Small Garden

Winner:           Dermot and Kitty Duffy

2nd prize:        Tony Sharkey

3rd prize:         Anna Halpenny

Best Garden

Winner:           Linda Meehan

2nd prize          Noel & Peggy Prendergast

3rd prize:         Sam & Ingrid McAlester

Commended:    Aidan & Eimear McGrath;  Maureen & Edmond Sheridan

Passion for Gardening Award

Donal Lynch Snr.

Best Presented Commercial Premises

Winner:           The Brake

2nd place:        The Bayview Inn

3rd place:         The Clermont Arms

Commended:    Café Acqua;  The Neptune

Special Award:   Belles Tea Rooms

Best Presented Public Building

Winner:   St. Francis National School

Best Presented Housing Estates

Winners (j):       Elm Park;  Rock Court

3rd Place (j):     Ard na Mara;  Rathmount

Blackrock Environmentalist of the Year

Seamus McDermott

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:31
Blackrock Wins "Louth Looking Good" 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Magnier   
Monday, 22 September 2014 14:29


Blackrock has won the Overall Award in the county-wide Louth Looking Good Awards for 2014. Tallanstown came second and Dromiskin third.

The villlage also picked up a number of other prestegious awards in the ceremony in the Crowne Plaza on Thursday the 18th of October before a packed audience:

  • Cleanest small town in the county (96% cleanliness rating)
  • Best presented graveyard (Haggardstown Old Graveyard)
  • Blackrock Raft Race (LEADER funded project)
  • Waste Minimisation Award
  • Shopfront awards for Bayview, Belles, Brake, Clermont and Harrisons

Blackrock Tidy Towns would like to thank once again every single person who contributed, even if only in a very small way, to this fantastic result for the village.  This includes all committee members and volunteers, sponsors, residents associations, businesses, the CE Scheme, the Tús Scheme, the Probation Service and RehabCare.

Click here to read the adjudication report.


Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 14:32
Blackrock Computer Classes Survey PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 13 September 2014 13:13
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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 16:13
Tidy Towns Results 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Magnier   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:40


Blackrock has been awarded a silver medal in the 2014 national Tidy Towns competition.  The award was announced at a ceremony in The Helix in Dublin on Monday the 8th of September.  The Tidy Towns committee had hoped that the gold medal won for the first time last year could be retained, but are nevertheless very pleased with the silver award.  "Naturally we are a little disappointed" said a spokesperson, "but a silver medal is a major achievement for any centre.  The village increased its points again this year and is now in the top five per cent of the 850 towns and villages in Ireland which participated in the competition, and with Tallanstown and Knockbridge remains at the top of the table for County Louth."

As well as the silver medal, Blackrock also took a national award for Waste Management as a result of a series of a series of initiatives undertaken in the village, many in conjunction with the local schools, and including the Green Home programme.

Blackrock Tidy Towns chairman John Horan congratulated everyone in the village who contributed towards this outstanding result, including committee members, litter patrollers and other volunteers, the CE Scheme under supervisor Pat Rafferty, Tús scheme workers, the Probation Service, RehabCare, residents associations, businesses, Louth County Council, all sponsors including Haggardstown Garden Centre, Tiernan's Centra, Rock Cabs and Brendan Watters Insurances, and funding agencies including Louth Leader Partnership.

"Blackrock remains firmly on the map among the elite medal winners in this prestigious competition, and every single person in the village can feel justifiably proud" he said.  “We are very fortunate indeed to have such co-operation from the residents, businesses and organisations in Blackrock because this could not have been achieved through the efforts of Tidy Towns alone. I would like especially to acknowledge the help and support of Mary Murtagh from Louth County Council, and of course we have the most dedicated CE Scheme people in the whole country” he added.  The committee are already planning how they will go about regaining the gold medal next year, but John Horan reiterated that the primary objective of Blackrock Tidy Towns is to improve the village for the benefit of residents and visitors.  "It's great to get the recognition that the national Tidy Towns competition brings" he said, "but we always have to keep in mind what our main objective is."

Read the full adjudication report here

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:45

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