Kilkenny may not have lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup yesterday, but the historic city has been crowned Ireland’s tidiest town.
Almost 850 towns and villages throughout the country competed for the accolade, which was announced at an awards ceremony in Dublin.
Clonegal in Co Carlow claimed the award of Ireland’s tidiest village, with Kilrush in Co Clare receiving the award for tidiest small town.
Elsewhere Westport in Co Mayo got received the award of tidiest large town, while Kilkenny was also declared as the tidiest large urban centre.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly said the win was a fantastic achievement for Kilkenny, which he described as a really worthy winner.
“It is 1985 since Kilkenny last won the overall prize but they have been consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local and regional level,” he said.
“I am very impressed by the enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort.
“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 and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities.”
SuperValu TidyTown competition has been running for 56 years, with more than 800 entrants each year for the last four years.
SuperValu’s Martin Kelleher said it believes in supporting local communities.
“The outstanding demonstration of community spirit shown by all volunteers is commendable,” he added.
“Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today.£