Winner: Slane, Co. Meath

Summary

Slane Tidy Towns Committee has 16 members and a growing number of volunteers outside of the formal committee. The committee meets 12 times a year on the first Tuesday of each month, Monday evenings & Saturday mornings to carry out maintenance and project work in the village. The aim is to always look to promote and encourage opportunities for community involvement – all activities are promoted through facebook and local media. In 2014, Slane Tidy Towns commenced work on a community garden in the centre of the village, this project has received support from the Council and local businesses. The garden was opened in 2016 and has been very much enjoyed by the village since. Achievements include: Tree Planting, Main Street; John Clarke Park; Navan Road Shrub-bed; and working with Slane Forum in the redevelopment of a section of the Boyne Canal.

Community Contact: Dermot Maguire dermotm@soundproductions.ie

Citation

Community involvement is the keynote of this excellently presented village, which has a number of recently completed enhancement projects – the result of widespread community consultations with a large number of organisations and agencies. The projects were undertaken mainly by voluntary labour to a very high standard of design and construction. All activities are promoted through social media, which engenders enthusiasm and great community spirit. Not surprisingly for thus go-ahead community a number of ambitious projects are in the pipeline!

Runners Up: Enniscrone, Co. Sligo and Portlaw, Co. Waterford