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Friday 21st September 2007

Temple Bar, Dublin�s Cultural Quarter adds to its silverware by scooping the top award at the Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards�

Temple Bar, Dublin�s Cultural Quarter scooped the top award at last night�s Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards at a reception in the Civic Offices hosted by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Paddy Bourke.

According to Dublin City Council, Temple Bar is now one of the cleanest areas of Dublin City with a street cleansing score of 87% recorded earlier this year, as independently audited by An Taisce. Temple Bar scored 247 points in the recent National Tidy Towns Competition � beating areas such as scenic Chapelizod (246) and scored far higher than areas such as Dublin�s exclusive Rathgar (211).

The Original Print Gallery which is one of our 50 cultural organisations also scooped a prize last night winning in the Best Contemporary Building category so congratulations to Crona and everyone at the Gallery!

Dermot McLaughlin, TBCT Chief Executive said today �Temple Bar Cultural Trust has spearheaded Temple Bar's efforts to maintain the area as a safe, clean and fun place to visit. We are delighted that Temple Bar has attained such excellent results in this year's Tidy Towns and we are committed to working with our fellow TASCQ members, Dublin City Council and other stakeholders to make sure we maintain and improve the quality of life in Temple Bar. "

TASCQ [Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter] who have been fanatical in their attempts to shake off the area�s reputation of being �dirty� has spent almost �2million over the past four years in providing additional cleansing services in Temple Bar.