DUNDALK is still in line for a Tidy Towns tourism inaugural award to add to the gold medal picked up in Septemer.
THE award adjudicators visited Dundalk at the end of October.
It is one of 10 towns on the shortlist. The prize is €10,000 euro.
The adjudicators looked at tourism development and promotion in the town.
Dundalk’s tourism potential has really developed in recent years.
A collaboration between Fáilte Ireland, Louth Local Authorities and Dundalk TCCM office has seen the tourist office return to a prominent position on the Market Square.
The tourist office which opened earlier this year has been tremendously successful in assisting many visitors to the town.
Hopes are high that Dundalk will secure the top award in this inaugural year of the competition and a group made of Dundalk Town Council, Dundalk TidyTowns and other supporters are working hard to ensure Dundalk has the best chance of winning the top prize.
Willie Duffy, chairperson of Dundalk Tidy Towns has called on the people of Dundalk to support the town’s tourism initiative.
“We are all working together on not only keeping Dundalk tidy but also making it an attractive place for tourists to visit,” said Willie.
“There have been tremendous strides made in Dundalk’s tourism industry recently. We now have the tourist office back on the Market Square. Dundalk has been marketed on a national scale at the Dublin and Belfast Holiday World Shows and is increasingly seen as a good touring base for the east border region.
“The people of Dundalk have always been extremely supportive of the Tidy Towns effort and also Dundalk’s successful entry into the European Entente Florale competition.
“I am sure they will be as supportive of our participation in the Tourism Towns Award scheme.
“It would be an amazing accolade for Dundalk. It is a success we should all support and, where possible, play a part .
“Indeed our shortlisting is in itself very encouraging and something to build on.”
When Dundalk retained its gold medal in the national tidy towns contest the adjudicators said The Market Square is now a superb piece of urban space. In the bright sunshine the installations here are at their best and the many children playing in the fountain is evidence of its success. The Courthouse frontage is clean and the plaques looks great.