Community victory for Blackwater

By Dan Walsh

“There is no doubt that the Tidy Towns competition is driving local improvements and instilling a sense of pride across the entire Blackwater community,” according to the adjudication report following the success in the 2022 Supervalu Tidy Towns awards, and it concluded; “Blackwater village has the potential to go far in this competition. We wish you well with future projects. Keep up the great work.”

BLACKWATER is Co. Wexford’s ‘Tidiest Town in the SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition 2022 (File Pic).’

BLACKWATER (362 points) is the ‘tidiest town’ in Co. Wexford followed by WEXFORD (361) and DUNCORMICK (349).

There was a Gold medal each for BLACKWATER and WEXFORD, bronze medals for ROSSLARE, GOREY AND ENNISCORTHY and an endeavour award for KILLANNE.

The 2022 results of the SuperValu Tidy Towns awards were announced today (Friday) by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys T.D. at a ceremony in the RDS Dublin. Over 750 Tidy Towns volunteers were present for the ceremony.

This year’s competition received the third highest number of entries in its almost 65-year history.

It was the first full-scale Tidy Towns awards ceremony since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.


CATEGORY A (Population under 200); DUNCORMICK (349) County Third; BALLYDUFF (343), FOULKSMILLS (333) and ASKAMORE (306).

CATEGORY B; (Pop. 201-2,000); BLACKWATER (362) County First and Gold Medal; CLONROCHE (343), BREE (341), KILANERIN (332), KILMUCKRIDGE (329), MONAGEER (317), BALLYMURN (314), COOLGREANY (303), KILLANNE (299), Endeavour Award, HOLLYFORT (298), WELLINGTONBRIDGE (280), BRIDGETOWN (279), COURTNACUDDY (279), BALLYCULLANE (275), CARRIG-ON-BANNOW (273), OYLEGATE (271) and ADAMSTOWN (263).

CATEGORY C; (Pop. 1,001-2,500); ROSSLARE (346), Bronze Medal, ROSSLARE HARBOUR (339), FERNS (333), and TAGHMON (264).

CATEGORY E; (Pop. 5,001-10,000); NEW ROSS (331).

CATEGORY F; (Pop. 10,001-15,000); GOREY (343), Bronze Medal, ENNISCORTHY (340), Bronze Medal).

CATEGORY G; (Pop. 15.001-25,000); WEXFORD (351), County Second and Gold Medal.

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