THE handful of Tidy Towns activists in the area deserve to be almost over the moon at being awarded an extra dozen points in this year's allocation.
That's a huge concession from the normally parsimonious judges and a true reflection of the dedication involved and the progress made over the past 12 months.
Group spokesperson, Mary Walsh believes there are several elements involved in the 2012 success story.
The adherence to the advice set out in the three-year plan by Frank Donaldson - himself a former adjudicator turned freelance consultant - was a major factor - according to Mrs. Walsh.
"We never thought we would reach this target and Frank Donaldson himself said it was a big task. We are grateful to the many statutory bodies, workers, residents and individuals who were involved in any way in achieving this result," said Mary.
"We had many comments from locals and visitors during the summer on how well the town looked. The reduction of litter on the streets and approach roads was a big advantage. We hope this will continue. We will be holding an awards night in Garvey's SuperValu at a later date to show our appreciation to all involved - but, in the meantime a big ' Thank You' to everyone," she concluded.