Moynalty in Meath has been named best of the 832 towns and villages that entered this year’s SuperValu National TidyTowns competition.
Locally Geashill retained its top spot as Offaly’s tidiest, followed by Tubber, Clonbullogue and Tullamore.
Tullamore was in addition awarded a silver medal in its competition category, while Tubber, Geashill and Clonbullogue got bronze awards.
The announcements were made at an awards ceremony today (Monday, September 9) at The Helix in Dublin.
Moynalty also claimed the award of Ireland’s tidiest village. Other winners included Kenmare in Kerry (tidiest small town), Killarney in Kerry (tidiest large town) and Ennis in Clara (tidiest large urban centre).
Presenting prizes today Environment Minister Phil Hogan congratulated all involved with the competition.
“I am always impressed by the ambition and enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort,” he said.
“These people volunteer their time, effort and expertise, year on year, to help make their communities better places to live and work in. The results of their efforts are obvious in the attractive, well cared-for towns and villages we see throughout the country.
"It is clear that working together, getting to know your neighbours, and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities. This is why I am delighted to see this competition continues to sustain great interest, even after 55 years.”