WATCH: Joyful moment Trim and its volunteers announced as winners of Tidy Towns title!
Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Councillor Nick Killian together with An Cathaoirleach of Trim MD, Councillor Joe Fox led the flood of congratulations to Trim Tidy Towns and the people of Trim on winning this year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns competition.
This is the 4th time that Trim has received this honour having previously held the title in 1972 and 1984 and they were joint winners in 1974.
At the ceremony in the RDS, Dublin Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD announced Trim as Ireland’s Tidiest Town and judged to be the best from a number of 882 entries to the competition this year.
Watch the moment below (scroll to 1:07 on the video) when presenter asks Minister Anne Cassin to announce the winners and the elated Trim team take to the stage to receive their trophy.
Over 750 TidyTowns volunteers were present for the event where Minister Humphreys also announced €1.4 million announced in grant aid for over 930 SuperValu TidyTowns groups nationwide. Thousands of committee members watched the ceremony online from all over the country as the 2022 competition saw the third highest number of entries in its almost 65-year history.
An Cathaoirleach Councillor Nick Killian commented: “It’s a wonderful achievement for Trim Tidy Towns and the wider Trim community. This has been a whole-of-community effort with the support of volunteers, the business community and residents’ associations all supporting the efforts to secure this national honour. I also want to thank the staff of Meath County Council who have played their part in achieving this result.”
An Cathaoirleach of Trim MD, Councillor Joe Fox commented: “this is absolutely wonderful news for Trim. This result is a compilation of years of immense work undertaken by Trim Tidy Towns, Meath County Council and the wider Trim community. Trim is a town that is renowned for its history and heritage, and it is now rightly recognised as a town with commitment to cleanliness, tidiness and environmental sustainability. It is fitting that this award comes on the eve of our celebrations of the Púca Festival and we invite you all to come to Trim to celebrate with us over this Halloween weekend.”
The Tidy Towns Adjudicators commended the community of Trim on their hard work in improving the heritage and appearance of the town and in particular the two projects Trim Educate Together and (SEC) Sustainable Energy Committee.
Echoing the congratulations of Councillors Nick Killian and Joe Fox, the Chief Executive of Meath County Council, Jackie Maguire, said that “Trim was well-deserving of this national honour”, she paid tribute to Trim Tidy Towns Committee and thanked the staff of Trim MD for all of their efforts in assisting the Tidy Towns Committee and who have contributed in a very meaningful way. She also paid tribute to all of the Tidy Towns Groups in Co. Meath for their ongoing efforts in improving their local communities.