THE standard of entries in the Dundalk Improve Your Town Awards competition was once again remarkably high this year.
Director of Service and Town Clerk Mr Frank Pentony commended all the entrants on their dedication and hard work by both individuals and groups.
“Your work is very much appreciated and the standard of those nominated for an award is once again extremely high,” Mr Pentony said.
He said Dundalk recently retained its gold medal status for the fifth consecutive year in the National Tidy Towns Awards.
“This is due to the commitment of the people of Dundalk and in particular those who strive all year round to maintain and enhance their local area.
“Along with the work of Dundalk Town Council’s gardening and landscaping crew, your work is valuable and the combined contribution is essential to the overall aim in maintaining Dundalk at this high level”
He said the council appreciates the backing of its sponsors again this year.
“They provide a long standing support for this initiative. That support is very much welcomed, especially in difficult times.”
Cllr Jennifer Greene, Cathaoirleach, Dundalk Town Council, paid tribute to the Dundalk Tidy Towns committee and all those who helped out in their local communities.
“It is through the hard work and dedication of these people,” she said, “that we win awards in the Tidy Towns and other competitions.
“With the added bonus of our newly refurbished Market Square, Dundalk has never looked so good and I look forward to nest year’s competition as I’m sure that we will improve our status ever more.”
Mr Willie Duffy, chairman Dundalk Tidy Towns committee, said the awards continue to be very successful thanks to the support, dedication and innovation of individual residents, resident associations and businesses throughout the town.
“This competition is perhaps the most important aspect of our tidy towns campaign,” he said, “and there is no doubt that it is key to the success achieved by our town in the National Tidy Towns competition.
“On behalf of all the people of the town I wish to congratulate Dundalk Town Council for the completion of the Market Square project which fills us with pride in our town.”
He congratulated everybody.