Blackrock – Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town 2019
Blackrock Tidy Towns is one of the principal community groups in the village. Our objective is to make Blackrock a better place in which to live, and a more pleasant place to visit and enjoy. The village was Louth’s Tidiest Town in the 2018 National Tidy Towns competition and was awarded a Gold Medal.
We have a core committee which meets monthly. Our committee is elected at a public meeting each year to take responsibility for the presentation, appearance, and development of the village for the following 12 months on behalf of the entire Blackrock community. We also have a large group of Tidy Towns volunteers who undertake litter control, maintenance of flower and shrub beds, and other community and development work around the village.
The Fane Community Employment Scheme is a mainstay of our activities in Blackrock. Personnel from the scheme undertake daily litter patrols of all public roads, streets and beaches in the village, as well as keeping all our grassed and landscaped areas under control. We also receive assistance from personnel from the Probation Service, as well as from many local organisations.
We maintain close links with the various residents associations in Blackrock as well as with the businesses in the village. We liaise closely with Louth County Council, our local Councillors and other elected representatives, and also with the Gardaí.
Our annual “Blackrock in Bloom” initiative, which sees the Main Street and promenade area ablaze with colour, is sponsored by Haggardstown Garden Centre. Our annual “Summer Flags” initiative is sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock, ans our 100% electric van is provided by Blackstone Motors. Numerous other sponsors support us in many other ways.
In September 2019 Blackrock received the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town in the National Tidy Towns Competition. It is also Louth’s Tidiest Town, Tidiest Town in the Midlands and East Region, and a Gold Medal winner. Blackrock is currently in joint second place in the competition with Westport and Ennis, and only one point behind the overall winners Glaslough.
Our current committee comprises John Horan (chair), Joe Bailey (vice-chair), Brian McElroy (treasurer), Ann Campbell (secretary), Michael O’Sullivan (PRO), Marie McCallion, Eileen Carter, Gerry Hughes, Ann Fennelly, Garrett Shine, Suzanne Linanne, Mary Rowley and Mary Murtagh.
We are always on the lookout for additional help, either as a committee member or as one of our growing number of volunteers. If you have any time to spare – even half an hour a week – to help with our activities, or if you have a skill which might be useful to us, please get in touch.
Child Safeguarding Statement
The safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults is a primary concern of ours. Click here for our Child Safeguarding Statement.