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Tidy Towns Conference 2019 - Held on Saturday 02nd February in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim.

Date Released: 05 February 2019



Hector Ó Heochagáin embraced the role of proud Meathman with gusto at the Regional Tidy Towns Conference in Trim on Saturday 02 February.

A 440 stong crowd arrived in Trim for the whole day event, hosted by eight neighbouring Local Authorities.


A wide range of topics was covered by 11 speakers including tidy towns adjudicators, ecologists, architects, VET, heritage and environmental officers and the winners of last years National Competition – Listowel Tidy Towns.

Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive Meath County Council welcomed the guests to Meath and thanked them for their vital contribution towards life in our towns and villages.  She emphasised the important work carried out by volunteers in making our places nicer, more attractive, safer and more cohesive communities.  She committed her support and that of the Council, in assisting the Tidy Towns Groups in their endeavours.


‘Many of our Tidy Towns groups are high achievers in the National Tidy Towns Competition and we want to help them to achieve their best results’, commented Bernadine Carry, Meath County Council This conference aims to give voluntary groups a flavour of what is required to excel in each category’, commented Bernadine Carry, Meath County Council.  ‘In many ways there is no better way to hear it than from the horses mouth, so we were delighted that our friends from Listowel (Tidy Towns Winners from 2018) travelled to be with us today.  This is a joint initiative with 7 other Local Authorities, and given the success of the inaugural event on Saturday, we hope it will become a regular event, potentially taking place every 2 years to ensure we maintain a high quality event.  It is a great opportunity for groups to hear from the experts in the field and also to meet their oppostite numbers in other Tidy Towns groups across the region to compare notes, plans, ideas, strategies.’


Most attendees were from Meath, Kildare, Dublin City, South County Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Laois, Westmeath, Longford, but we had community groups from Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Wicklow, Wexford, Tipperary, Fingal, Louth, Monaghan and Cavan also.

The list of speakers included Sharon Eastwood, Billy Flynn, Debbie Nesbitt, Juanita Browne, Billy Houlihan, Cllr Jimmy Moloney (Listowel Tidy Towns), Pat Smith, Gavin Harte, Sean O’Laoide, Loreto Guinan and Ann Marie Kelly.


If you are interested in further information in relation to the presentations from the event, please contact the Environment Secion, Meath County Council or email


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