LivCom 2010 Great Win for Ireland


Wicklow has scored two major victories in the international Liveable Communities (LivCom) awards presented in Chicago earlier this week.

It is the second time that entries from the Garden County have won awards in this very prestigious competition, which attracts entries from all over the world.

A Gold Medal was won by County Wicklow jointly with Norwich in the UK in the category for cities and counties with a population ranging from 75,000 to 150,000.

The submission from County Wicklow had to meet a set of criteria as follows:

1. Enhancement of the Natural and Built Landscapes
2. Arts, Culture and Heritage
3. Environmental Best Practices
4. Community Participation and Empowerment
5. Healthy Lifestyle
6. Strategic Planning

A Silver Medal was won in the Natural Category by the East Coast Nature Reserve in Newcastle for work there by Birdwatch Ireland in reclaiming land and restoring the fen.
Endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme, the LivCom awards is the only competition focusing on Best Practice in the management of the local environment. The objective of the competition is to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of “liveable communities.”
Wicklow was represented at the awards ceremony in Chicago by the presentation team comprising Cathaoirleach, Cllr Tom Fortune; Cllr George Jones Chairman SPC Community Development and Ms Grainne McLoughlin, Business representative on Community Development SPC and former Mayor of Greystones

Commenting on the county’s success, Clr Jones, said: “Taking part in this international competition is very important and having success is “the icing on the cake”. This again showcases what the Garden of Ireland has to offer, not only nationally but internationally.”

Clr Jones continued “I am delighted that for the 2010 competition I assisted in obtaining entries from Emly Co. Tipperary (who won first in the under 20,000 population of the Whole Cities Award) and Trim Co Meath (who were third in their section. Can I thank Emly Tidy Towns Committee and Clr Michael Fitzgerald of Tipperary Co Co and Meath County Manager Mr Tom Dowling for having the foresight to enter this International Competition.”

Clr Jones thanked the Wicklow County Manager Mr Eddie Sheehy for his total support for the Wicklow entry and finally Clr Jones paid a warm tribute to Grainne McLoughlin for all her hard work in finalising the Wicklow entry the support of Birdwatch Ireland Reserve Manager Jerry Wray at the presentation along with the support of Clr Fortune.

County Wicklow was also successful in the LivCom Awards in 2008 when Greystones won the international Liveable Communities Award in the under 20,000-population category.