Waters and Communities Award

​Community groups can play a vital role in the protection and improvement of our natural water environment. Together, we can protect our waters for future generations to enjoy.

​Waterways Ireland have partnered with Inland Fisheries Ireland and Local Authority Waters and Communities Office to create a new Tidy Towns Special Award for 2018.  The Awards is called the Waters and Communities Award and it was established to recognise communities who are taking positive steps towards raising awareness and showing appreciation of their local rivers, canals, lakes, streams, coast and ground water. 

Community groups who have shown an appreciation for their water environment and water heritage by engaging in initiatives or projects during the timespan from June 2017 to May 2018 will be considered (examples include: clean ups; provision or upgrading of amenities; support to biodiversity and heritage; promotion of angling; awareness raising; etc).

All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office.


The Prize

There is an overall prize fund of €7,000 broken down as follows:

  • Four Regional Award Winners: €1,000 each
  • Four Regional Runner Up Award Winners: €500 each
  • There will also be an additional prize of €1,000 for the overall winner of the four regions

The Winners


How to Apply

You can apply for this award by downloading and filling out the form below and returning it by email or post.

Return by Email:
Please insert ‘TidyTowns Waters and Community Awards’ in the subject line

Return by Post to:
 TidyTowns Waters and Communities Award
 TidyTowns Unit
 Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
 Government Offices
 Co. Mayo 
 F26 E8N6

 Closing date: Friday, 25th May 2018


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