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Friday 22 August 2014

Delight as Louth wins four Tidy Towns gold medals

Margaret Roddy

Published 11/09/2013 | 05:20

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A walk on the Blackrock prominade, but don't forget you rain jacket or brolly.

There were great celebrations in Dublin on Monday as Louth scooped four gold medals in the National Tidy Towns Competition.

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There were great celebrations in Dublin on Monday as Louth scooped four gold medals in the National Tidy Towns Competition.

County winners Tallanstown, Dundalk and Drogheda were joined by Blackrock as gold medal winners, with Knockbride, winning silver and Ardee a bronze medal.

Blackrock also won the €1,000 prize for Climate Change, while Dromiskin Tidy Towns won the €1,000 award for Best Bring Bank in the midlands and east region.

Louth Village received an Endevour Award for improvement, with their marks up 10.185 per cent to 238 points.

Drogheda also won €1,000 as it was shortlisted for the Tourism Towns Awards which will be adjudicated next month.

'It was a brilliant result all round,' said a delighted Mary Murtagh of Louth County Council's Environmental Section. 'We are one of only three counties to get four gold medals and when you consider that the other two were Cork and Kerry, famed for their tourism and scenery, it speaks volumes for the work being done in Louth.'

She said she was particularly pleased that Blackrock had been rewarded for all their hard work with a gold medal as well as the prize for Climate Change.

'All our centres did very very well and there was a huge increase in marks in many places, with Louth having a great increase of 22 marks.'

'It's also great to see Dundalk and Drogheda doing so well.'

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