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Sunday 19 August 2018

Kilkenny cleans up as tidiest town

Alice Norwood showing her delight that Kilkenny won the Tidy Towns competition
Alice Norwood showing her delight that Kilkenny won the Tidy Towns competition

Kilkenny City is this year's winner of the Tidy Towns Competition - but there was success across the capital too.

Skerries received a gold medal award and was named Dublin's tidiest community with Malahide also scooping gold.

Dalkey and Shankill won bronze awards.

Templeogue won an endeavour award for achieving a big improvement in its marks and Cabinteely received a commendation from the judges.

The national category winners were Clonegal, Co Carlow, - Ireland's Tidiest Village; Kilrush, Co Clare, - Tidiest Small Town; and Westport, Co Mayo, - Tidiest Large Town.

Annette O'Connor, of the Palmerstown TidyTowns Committee, was awarded a SuperValu TidyTowns Hero award.

Annette was the founder of 'The Pink Ladies + 1', a committee established within Palmerstown TidyTowns, made up of eight local women and one man who work together for the community.

The award was granted to Annette for her dedication and commitment to Palmerstown Village.

As a result of her drive and dedication, Annette has helped get the Palmerstown TidyTowns group back up and running with significant changes in the street-scape and citizen engagement in the wider community.

ceremony

Michael Morgan, sales director of sponsors SuperValu, presented the prizes at a ceremony at The Helix theatre in Dublin.

He said: "We believe in supporting local communities and nothing captures that belief more than the SuperValu Tidy Towns Hero competition.

"The outstanding demonstration of community spirit shown by all volunteers is commendable.

"Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today."

More than 800 communities entered the competition this year.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Kilkenny; a really worthy winner.

"So my congratulations to Kilkenny and all of the other deserving prize-winners," he said.

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