Minister Fergus O’Dowd praised Louth’s three Tidy Towns 2013 winners when he presented the gold medals to the different groups last week.
Louth is one of the most successful counties in Ireland when it comes to the national Tidy Towns competition.
For the last five years Dundalk has been picking up gold medals. And this year Blackrock joined Dundalk and Tallanstown in the medal honours.
“I was proud to present Dundalk, Tallanstown and Drogheda with their gold medals at the SuperValu Tidy Towns awards for the East and Midlands region.
“It is due to the efforts of the tireless community volunteers in our main towns in particular, that we are being known for our cleanliness,” Deputy O’Dowd said.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of Tidy Towns groups across the county, and to pay tribute to the very many enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who get involved in this great competition every year.
“The unselfish effort and the generosity displayed by these volunteers really does make a difference to our communities.
“The results of their hard work is evident across the region in towns and villages that are better cared for, better places to live and more attractive places to visit. “There are also a lot of other Tidy Towns groups not here today who are also committed to improving their communities’ year on year and have not yet achieved formal recognition in the competition.”
In May of this year, Dundalk Tidy Towns group launched a Dundalk Tourism DVD a collaboration between Dundalk Tidy Towns and the Creative Media department at DkIT.
The video has been used on tourism websites to promote Dundalk.
The group also launched a coluring book designed to promote the town and carry an anti-litter message.
The book was sponsored by Matthews Coaches.
The DVD was launched on a special bus trip to Quay Street the see the rejuvenation project undertaken by the Tidy Towns group on some old buildings.
This is a serious of commissioned photograpahs and murals which recreate the original buildings.
Research was carried out to ensure the refurbishment was as accurate as possible from an historical and architectual point of view.