TidyTowns groups in Clare can still use funding allocated to them despite the cancellation of this year’s competition, Deputy Joe Carey announced today.

Last September, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring allocated €1.4 million to groups nationwide to assist them in their preparations for this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competition.

Although this year’s event has been cancelled because of Covid-19, any unspent funds can still be used by the community groups. 

Deputy Carey said: “I welcome the announcement that 44 TidyTowns groups in Clare will not lose out on funding of €54,000 which was earmarked for them by my colleague Minister Ring to help them prepare for this year’s competition.

“Any groups that have already spent the funds they received should retain their records of expenditure in the normal way. 

“I also want to assure those groups which have not yet spent the funding they received, they can continue to use it over the next few months to assist with activities they might undertake as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, or in preparing for the 2021 competition.”

“For decades, the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has brought people of all ages in Clare together to work collectively outdoors to make the environment in which they live and work a better place.

“Due to the current restrictions in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it would not have been feasible or safe for TidyTowns groups in Clare to continue their great tradition of work in the normal way.

“However, I very much hope that once the restrictions on gatherings are eased, and where possible within the public health guidelines, they can resume their work in making towns and villages in Clare more attractive and welcoming.

The following 44 Clare communities were allocated between €1,000 and €4,000 (based on population size) in order to support preparation for the 2020 competition;

Ballynacally Tidy Towns CommiteeClare€1,000
Ballyvaughan Community Development GroupClare€1,000
Barefield Tidy VillageClare€1,000
Bodyke Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Boston Community GroupClare€1,000
Bridgetown Tidy Towns AssociationClare€1,000
Bunratty Local Development AssociationClare€1,000
Carrigaholt Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Clarecastle Tidy TownsClare€2,000
Connolly Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Cooraclare Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Corofin Tidy Towns CommitteeClare€1,000
Cranny Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Cross Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Doonbeg Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Dungarvan & District DAClare€1,000
Ennis Tidy Towns CommitteeClare€4,000
Ennistymon Tidy Towns GroupClare€1,000
Kildysart Tidy Towns CommitteeClare€1,000
Kilkishen Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Killimer Tidy VillagesClare€1,000
Kilmihil Tidy Towns AssociationClare€1,000
Kilmurry Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Kilrush Tidy Towns CommitteeClare€2,000
Knock Tidy Villages CommitteeClare€1,000
Labasheeda Community PrideClare€1,000
Lisdoonvarna Community CouncilClare€1,000
Miltown Malbay Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Mountshannon Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Mullagh Tidy village CommitteeClare€1,000
Newmarket on Fergus Tidy TownsClare€2,000
O’ Brien’s Bridge Development AssociationClare€1,000
Quin Tidy TownsClare€2,000
Ruan Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Scariff Community CouncilClare€1,000
Shannon Tidy TownsClare€3,000
Sixmilebridge Community DevelopmentClare€2,000
Spanish Point CommunityClare€1,000
Tuamgraney Development AssociationClare€1,000
Tulla Tidy Towns CommitteeClare€1,000
Whitegate Community CouncilClare€1,000
Broadford Tidy TownsClare€1,000
Clooney Spancilhill CDGClare€1,000
Cree Community SpiritClare€1,000

Commenting on the announcement, Minister Ring said: “TidyTowns groups are magnificent custodians of their communities and I know that the money will be used for the betterment of our towns and villages. Over €4 million has been allocated to TidyTowns groups since I introduced this fund in 2017 to assist Tidy Towns groups in their wonderful work.

“I have no doubt that the SuperValu TidyTowns competition will be back again, bigger and brighter than ever in 2021.”