See who scooped this year's Tidy Town honour

See who scooped this year's Tidy Town honour

Letterkenny has been named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2015.

The Co Donegal town was today named best of the 862 towns and villages in the country that entered this year’s SuperValu National TidyTowns competition.

Clonegal Co. Carlow claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village.

Other winners included Listowel, Co Kerry receiving the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town, Westport Co. Mayo received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Letterkenny was also declared as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

OVERALL WINNER:

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

(Also Ireland's tidiest large urban centre)

TIDIEST LARGE TOWN:

Westport, Co Mayo

TIDIEST SMALL TOWN:

Listowel, Co Kerry

TIDIEST VILLAGE:

Clonegal, Co Carlow

REGIONAL AWARDS

Midlands & East: Skerries, Co Dublin

Northwest & West: Leterkenny, Co Donegal

South-East: Clonegal, Co Carlow

South-West & Midwest; Listowel, Co Kerry

COMMUNITY HERO

Overall winner: Charles Henderson, Kinsale

GOLD MEDAL TOWNS

Abbeyleix, Co Laois

Abbeyshrule, Co Longford

Adare, Co Limerick

Ardmore, Co Waterford

Aughrim, Co Wicklow

Ballincollig, Co Cork

Béal an Mhuirthead, Co Mayo

Birdhill, Co Tipperary

Buncrana, Co Donegal

Carlow, Co Carlow

Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Castlecoone (?), Co Roscommon

Clonakilty, Co Cork

Clonegal, Co Carlow

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Cobh, Co Cork

Coolagown, Co Cork

Drogheda, Co Louth

Dromod, Co Leitrim

Dundalk, Co Louth

Emly, Co Tipperary

Ennis, Co Clare

Glaslough, Co Monaghan

Keadue, Co Roscommon

Kenmare, Co Kerry

Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

Killarney, Co Kerry

Kilrush, Co Clare

Kinsale, Co Cork

Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Lismore, Co Waterford

Listowel, Co Kerry

Malahide, Co Dublin

Moynalty, Co Meath

Naas, Co Kildare

Rathbarry, Co Cork

Skerries, Co Dublin

Straffan, Co Kildare

Terryglass, Co Tipperary

Tralee, Co Kerry

Trim, Co Meath

Tullamore, Co Offaly

Westport, Co Mayo

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TOURISM TOWNS award:

Highly commended large - Cobh, Kilkenny, KIllarney, Tralee

Highly commended small - Adare, Ardmore, Clonakilty, Kenmare, Lismore, Sneem

(final winner to be presented by Bord Failte at end of month)

VALUE WATER AWARD

Large town winners: Greystones, Maynooth, Sligo, Westport

Small town winners: Abbey (Galway), Ballintubber, Carrigart, Emly

GUM LITTER TASKFORCE AWARDS

Overall winner (and best village): Lismore

Best town: Wexford

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD

'Edible Landscape' project, Westport, Co Mayo

HERITAGE AWARD

Mote Park, CO Roscommon

TREE PROJECT

Joint winners: Geashill, Offaly and Newbridge, Kildare

WASTE PREVENTION:

Highly commended; Abbey Village, Loughrea and Sligo

National award: Glaslough, Co Monaghan

'MOST INNOVATIVE PROJECT':

Moyross residents' forum, Limerick

GAELTACHT AWARDS:

Highly Commended: Carraig Airt, Dun na nGall

Overall winner: Béal an Mhuirthead, Maigh Eo

ISLANDS AWARDS:

Higly commended - Sherkin Island, Co Cork

Winner: Bere Island, Cork

'CAN IT' AWARD for best use of recycled material

Trim, Co Meath

CLIMATE CHANGE AWARD

Blackrock, Co Louth

DIVERSITY AWARD

Commended - Roscrea, Co Tipp

Highyl Commended - Portmagee, Co Kerry

Winner - Wexford town

YOUTH AWARD

Overall - Togher, Co Cork

Midlands & E - Dromiskin, Louth

NW & W - Monaghan

SE - Ballycanew & Clonmel (joint winners)

MW & SW - Togher, Co Cork

The following are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-ranked towns in each county.

Dublin - Skerries, Dalkey, Cabinteely

Kildare - Straffan, Naas, Kill

Laois - Abbeyleix, Castletown, Ballacolla

Longford - Abbeyshrule, Newtowncashel, Longford

Louth - Tallanstown, Blackrock, Knockbridge

Meath - Moynalty, Trim, Castletown-Kilpatrick

Offaly - Geashill, Clonbullogue, Tullamore

Westmeath - Ballinahown, Tyrrellspass, Glasson

Wicklow - Aughrim, Stratford-on-Slaney, Arklow

Cavan - Cavan, Redhills, Loch Gowna

Donegal - Letterkenny, Malin, Glenties

Galway - Milltown, Abbey, Monivea

Leitrim - Dromod, Carrick-on-Shannon, Drumana

Mayo - Westport, Béal an Mhuirthead, Murrisk

Monaghan - Glaslough, Carrickmacross, Monaghan

Roscommon - Castlecoote, Keadue, Cloontuskert

Sligo - Coolaney, Riverstown, Ballintogher

Carlow - Clonegal, Leighlinbridge, Carlow

Kilkenny - Kilkenny, Inistioge, Tullahought

Tipperary North - Birdhill, Terryglass, Silvermines

Tipperary South - Emly, Clonmel, Kilsheelan

Waterford - Lismore, Ardmore, Stradbally

Wexford - Ballycanew, Blackwater, Rosslare

Clare - Ennis, Kilrush, Mountshannon

Cork North - Coolagown, Castletownroche, Kiskeam

Cork South - Ballincollig, Kinsale, Cobh

Cork West - Clonakilty, Rathbarry, Rosscarbery

Kerry - Listowel, Killarney, Kenmare

Limerick - Adare, Ardpatrick, Galbally

Speaking after the awards ceremony, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Letterkenny; a really worthy winner.

“This is the eighth time a town in Donegal has won the overall prize, but the first time for Letterkenny.

“Letterkenny have entered the competition every year since 1959 and their win today is testament to them consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local and regional level.”


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