Launch of Ireland's National Tidy Towns Contest

1958
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The national TidyTowns initiative was launched in 1958 by Bord Fáilte (now Fáilte Ireland). It was originally part of ‘Tóstal’, a nationwide festival celebrating all things Irish. A step-up from the original National Spring Clean Campaign, which ran between 1953 and 1957, TidyTowns rapidly developed its own identity and has gone on to become Ireland’s most well known and popular local environmental initiative.

Bailte Slachtmhara aka the National Tidy Towns Competition is organised by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

It involves participating towns being rated on all aspects of their local environment. Each year it attracts more than 700 communities who compete for a cash award and the title of Ireland's Tidiest Town. 

The Tidy Towns competition is launched each year in March/April. Judging takes place in June, July and August each year and the results are announced at the National Awards Ceremony in September.

For more information see: http://www.tidytowns.ie/about-us/history/