Dundalk were awarded a gold medal in this year’s Tidy Town’s competition with some of the judges highlights including the abundance of hanging baskets around the town, the colour scheme to compliment the Giro Tour and the “spectacular” floral displays on Clanbrassil street.
The town was applauded for it’s contribution to this year’s Giro d’Italia and the ‘Don’t just cycle – re-cycle’ theme for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which was a clever and effective to get the message to local families.
The judges noted that large urban centres like Dundalk have challenges of scale and the unified approach of the local authority, business community and the local community was commended. They were also impressed with the involvement of Comhairle na nÓg.
In addition to this, the multiple large-scale businesses, educational bodies, local voluntary groups and agencies that pay an important role in the overall presentation and planning of Dundalk were congratulated for their efforts.
The contribution of 18 schools in the Green Flag programme is lauded as is the contribution of Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Judges said it was great to see that there are events and conferences throughout the year promoting Dundalk as a place to live and do business in including 24 Hour Art Gallery and Brocante.
They were particulary impressed with the collaboration to relocate at the new Tesco Extra, the original pillars from the railway footbridge and other projects undertaken by Dundalk Railway Heritage Society.
They noticed that similarly good progress was being made on the Quay Street Project and attractive façades and seasonal planting were noted at The Lisdoo, Jockeys and The Kingfisher Restaurant. An attractive copper gateway to Partnership Court was also admired.
The judges loved the presentation of the Peugeot Dealership, Recycling Centre and adjacent seating area in the same area Keystone was noted for its pristine presentation.
The inclusion of the Dundalk Style poster was cited as a good idea and it gave the adjudicator an overall impression of architecture underlying the modern streetscape.
The Square and its environs impressed the judges and the Mural Wall and Tain Bull were welcome additions. Similarly the Louth County Museum was noted as being restored sympathetically and in fitting with the streetscape.
Judges commneted that the CBS Dealgan looked well with attractive planting enhancing its appearance while Dundalk IT buildings and grounds also play an important part of the urban fabric of Dundalk.
However judges did note that premises and dereliction are an issue as is the case in most urban centres.
Finally the judges noted that the partnership with The Probation Service is paying dividends and they look forward to the Ice House Hill Park project in the coming years.
A huge well done to all those to helped and supported the town.