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."
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