Two Wicklow Towns were omitted from the Tidy Town competition following a computer glitch. Both Bray and Greystones will now be judged outside of the main competitions in the coming weeks.
Ballyorgan and Glenroe in Co Limerick, Ballinamuck, Co Longford and Mountrath, Co Laois also missed out on the 2019 competition for Ireland’s tidiest town or village.
This year’s competition, sponsored by Supervalu, had a record 918 registered entries with Glaslough, Co Monaghan the overall winner.
the issue is confined to the senders’ email
The Department of Rural and Community Affairs, which receives the applications, said it did not receive the emailed entries of the six affected Tidy Towns committees. Following an investigation the department said that its IT unit “has confirmed that these submissions never reached the email servers of the department. Based on this advice, the department believes the issue is confined to the senders’ email”.
It acknowledged that the committees had attempted to apply before the deadline and have informed them that arrangements are being made for the six locations to be visited.
The six committees have welcomed the decision and the department said “the adjudicators, in formulating their reports, will be mindful of the fact that their assessments are taking place in October, rather than during the summer months”. If there are any prizewinners among the six they will be presented at the regional awards ceremonies later this year.
will not displace any existing medal winners
“If, as a result of the adjudications which are now to be undertaken, a medal is awarded to any of the towns affected it will not displace any existing medal winners that have already been announced,” as there are multiple medal winners who reach the required standard.
Arklow and Wicklow Town claimed gold medals in the recent 2019 SuperValu National Tidy Towns awards.
Wicklow Town, which was subsequently awarded the honour of being named County Wicklow’s tidiest town, received a Category E gold medal, which is awarded to tidy settlements with a population in the 5,001-10,ooo range. The gold medal is the first ever received by the county town.
Arklow received its gold medal in the Category F section, which awards tidy towns containing 10,001,15,000 residents in the population. Elsewhere in the garden county, Aughrim claimed a Category C silver medal.
The awards announcement brought positive news throughout the county as the areas of Glenealy, Ashford, Laragh/Glendalough, Newtownmountkennedy and Roundwood all saw increases in their points tallies from 2018.