The cost of adjudicating the Tidy Towns this year is expected to be just under €300,000, the Department of Rural and Community Development has revealed.

Some 30 adjudicators were contracted by the Department to visit the individual entries. 

However, the full costs, including visits, training days and meetings with the Department is being met by long-time sponsors SuperValu, it said.

 This year has seen a record number of 918 entries.

The competition was originally launched by Bord Fáilte in 1958, with just 52 entries that year.

It now comes under the remit of the Department of Rural and Community Development and has been sponsored by the supermarket chain for the past 28 years. 

The number of adjudicators required  varies from year to year, depending on the level of entries,  the Department said.   

Thousands of volunteers are also involved around the country.

This year the village of Glaslough, Co Monaghan was judged to be Ireland's Tidiest Town, taking over from Listowel, Co Kerry, which won in 2018.

A special allocation of €1.4m was announced by Minister Michael Ring at this year’s competition to assist the individual committees.