Tidy Towns Heritage Award

The TidyTowns Heritage Award has been sponsored by the Heritage Council to encourage a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development.


The TidyTowns Heritage Award has been sponsored by the Heritage Council to encourage a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development.


From its inception, the primary focus of the national TidyTowns Competition has been to encourage communities to improve their local environment and make their area a better place to live, work and visit. The competition aspect was an important element in developing friendly rivalry to boost standards across the board.

The Heritage Council has been involved with the TidyTowns Competition since 1999 and the number of entries has grown considerably each year since. The Heritage Council seeks to recognise projects that benefit heritage, involve the community and motivate people. The Council seeks also to encourage a better understanding of our heritage and the impact individual actions have upon it.

Getting Involved

The Heritage Award, sponsored by the Heritage Council, seeks to promote a greater awareness of the value of heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development. With that in mind, The Heritage Council seeks to recognise projects that benefit heritage and support the community.

The Heritage Council wants to support people and projects that demonstrate the value of heritage and how it connects to our lives. The project must benefit the public and an aspect of heritage as set out in the Heritage Act. These include monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways. Benefit is understood to mean enjoyment, conservation and/or identification.

Projects not considered
• New buildings or modern refurbishment of older buildings.
• New public or commemorative sculptures.
• Amenity works and environmental improvements.
This includes works such as seating, spot-lighting,
landscaping, curbing, provision of rubbish bins etc.

Download & the Tidy Towns Competition 2017- Heritage Award Forms
Heritage Award Application Form english pdf 613kb
Dhais Oidhreachta as gaelige anseo pdf 613kb

On a separate sheet please provide information on the following:

• Please provide a short description of your project and what its aims are.
• Does the project follow the principles of best conservation
• Can you outline the community involvement?
• What are the long-term benefits of the project?
• What are the communication elements of the project?
• Is the project part of a management plan or generally well thought out?
• Please be sure to include 3-4 photographs of the project and clip or staple the photos to the application form.

Maps locating the project are especially welcomed where relevant. See www.heritagemaps.ie

Entries should be forwarded to the
TidyTowns Unit, Government offices, Ballina, Co Mayo.

Closing date for entries is 25th May 2017.
All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by The Heritage Council.
For more details, please consult your TidyTowns Handbook or call 096-24309 or
email: tidytowns@ahg.gov.ie or check out www.tidytowns.ie

TidyTowns Competition Terms and Conditions apply as appropriate.


Visit the TidyTowns website to download and/or view a wide range of resources for making your town a better place.


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