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Skerries named Ireland's tidiest town for 2016

Published 26/09/2016 | 13:05

SKERRIES in north county Dublin has been named Ireland's tidiest town for 2016.

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It was the top town of the 859 considered for the prize this year.

he announcement was greeted by great celebration at today’s awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin.

Birdhill Co. Tipperary claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village.

Maeve McGann (Treasurer ) and Ann Doyle (Chairperson) of Skerries tidy towns pictured after winning the SuperValu tidy towns competition
Maeve McGann (Treasurer ) and Ann Doyle (Chairperson) of Skerries tidy towns pictured after winning the SuperValu tidy towns competition

Other winners included Listowel Co Kerry receiving the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town for the second year, Skerries also received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Ennis Co Clare was declared as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

Speaking after the awards ceremony Minister Michael Ring said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Skerries; a really worthy winner. This is the 1st time Skerries has won the overall prize. 

"Skerries have first entered the competition in 1959 and their win today is evidence of their consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local and regional level.  

"This much sought after award is recognition of a town that embraces all aspects of the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition, builds strong community links and has grown each year in the competition. So my congratulations to Skerries and all of the other deserving prize-winners announced today.

The TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and sponsored by SuperValu.  The TidyTowns competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992.

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