Donaghadee Shortlisted as Finalist for Ireland's Best Kept Awards

Friday 8th July 2022

Donaghadee was shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s Ireland’s Best Kept Awards, held at the Titanic Hotel last month.

The Mayor Councillor Karen Douglas stands with a man and a woman in front of Donaghadee lighthouse. The Mayor is holding a framed award certificate.

Having already won the Small Towns category in the Northern Ireland Amenity Council’s Best Kept Awards, the picturesque town made an impression in the all-island competition that featured the most stunning areas from across the country.

First organised in 1995, the competition celebrated its 25th anniversary of cross-border collaboration, partnership, and friendship. It recognised the great pride that people have in their own communities across the island and while Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, was announced as the overall winner of the small town category, it was a significant achievement for Donaghadee to have been judged to have reached such a high standard.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas, said:
“It is thanks to Ards and North Down Borough Council’s parks and cleansing staff as well as many volunteers that have helped to secure this recognition for Donaghadee. Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a huge achievement and is only possible as a result of all the hard work put in by everyone in our local communities who help to keep our local towns and villages looking beautiful.”

The President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, Doreen Muskett MBE, said:
“These awards illustrate and emphasise how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep our towns and villages throughout Ireland beautiful and how the community works together to make where they live desirable. These awards create links between community involvement, our natural environment and our wellbeing, helping us to recognise the value of our biodiversity and coming together to play our part in making our own parts of the country places we are proud to call home.”

Irish Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD,  said:
"Even during lockdown, towns and villages were maintained and volunteers all across the island continued to put in a huge effort on behalf of the places where they live. Being nominated for these awards represents an achievement in itself, and is recognition of the efforts made by volunteers and local communities in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition and the Best Kept competition in Northern Ireland.”