Thursday 18 December 2014

Tidy towns: Moynalty in Meath takes the plaudits

Other winners include Kenmare, Killarney and Ennis

Published 09/09/2013 | 12:30

Moynalty named Ireland's Tidiest Town

MOYNALTY in Co Meath is Ireland’s tidiest town.

The village was unveiled as the overall winner of the annual SuperValu National Tidy Towns competition at a ceremony in Dublin today.

It is the first overall victory for Moynalty, and the first Meath winner of the competition since Trim took the top prize in 1984.

The judges commended organisers for topping the list of 832 towns and villages which entered this year’s competition,

As Ireland’s tidiest village with 316 points, it receives a trophy and a cheque for €5,000.  A second trophy and cheque for €10,000 is also awarded as overall winner.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Moynalty after 53 years in the competition; a really worthy winner,” Environment Minister Phil Hogan said.

“My congratulations to Moynalty and all of the other prize-winners today.  I am always impressed by the ambition and enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort. 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.”

Moynalty took the Silver Medal Award at the international LivCom 2012 in Abu Dhabi, and judges said it was “no surprise” that the village was one of the most liveable communities in the world.

All buildings looked “recently painted and without exception look well”, the judges said.  Some 2,000 trees planted and construction of new stone flower beds were an “attractive development”, while picking up litter twice a day was  “unquestionably the most important tool for maintaining the village litter-free”.

Moynalty also claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village. Other winners included Kenmare, Co Kerry which received the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town, Killarney, Co Kerry received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, and Ennis, Co. Clare retained their title as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

Managing director of SuperValu, Martin Kelleher, said the Tidy Towns committees made a “real difference” at local level.

“SuperValu TidyTowns is the public expression of the work countless individuals undertake to build community spirit and make their local area a better place to live,” he said.

“SuperValu together with its countrywide network of local retailers is - through the continued sponsorship of TidyTowns - committed to helping build and support vibrant local communities.  I am delighted to congratulate this year’s winners and to recognise the commitment and dedication of TidyTowns committees nationwide who make such a real difference at a local level”.

More than 800 towns and villages have entered the competition over the last three years.

SuperValu has been the main sponsors since 1992.

Irish Independent

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