Towns and villages in Offaly are set to benefit from €33,000 in Government funding to mark 60th anniversary of Tidy Towns.
The funding was announced by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD.
This scheme will allow each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 to support the work they do.
Offaly TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy welcomed the news and said she was "delighted to see even more funding going to towns and villages here in Offaly."
"I have no doubt that the money will be a huge boost to our local communities and will be put to great use. I was pleased this year to see our own towns and villages doing very well in the competition," she added.
Tullamore was awarded a Gold Medal in Category F, this follows on from Tullamore being named Ireland’s Cleanest Town during the summer; Clonbullogue was awarded a Silver Medal in Category B; Geashill won the County Offaly award and the ‘Let’s Get Buzzing’ Local Authority Pollinator Award; Pullough also won the Endeavour Award.
The grant funding available to eligible committees here in County Offaly:
Tullamore €3,000; Edenderry €3,000 Birr €2,000; Banagher €2,000; Daingean €2,000; Ferbane €2,000; Clara €2,000; Tubber €1,000; Rhode €1,000; Mucklagh €1,000; Walsh Island €1,000; Shinrone €1,000; Kinnitty €1,000; Horseleap €1,000; Belmont €1,000; Crinkle €1,000; Pullough €1,000; Cadamstown €1,000; ; Killeigh €1,000; Ballycumber €1,000; Clonbullogue €1,000; Geashill €1,000; Shannonbridge €1,000; Moneygall €1,000.
“This funding is an acknowledgment from our Government of the amazing work that has been done by tidy towns organisations up and down the county for the last 60 years. These organisations have played in integral role in our local communities for decades now," Marcella said
“The Tidy Towns competition inspires a huge amount of voluntary effort in towns and villages across the country. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who give up their free time to make our communities better places to live."
“Being a volunteer with Tidy Towns allows individuals to practice their passion for the good of their community, whether that passion concerns the built environment, landscaping, sustainable living, and local wildlife or organising a litter collection; there is a place for it in Tidy Towns."
"This funding for 24 Tidy Towns organisations here in Offaly, will not just celebrate the last 60 years, but also help us look towards the future.”
“This investment is a further sign of the Government’s commitment to supporting our towns and villages. The grant scheme is a once off investment by the Department of Rural and Community Development to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns competition in 2018 and is additional to the support provided by the Department on an ongoing basis," Marcella concluded.