Local villages 'clean-up' in 2019 Anti-Litter awards
Communities commended for efforts in helping keep villages litter free
Communities from across the North Cork region have been rewarded by Cork County Council for their work in helping to maintain their towns and villages and keep them litter free.
Now in its 23nd year, the Anti-Litter Challenge, the oldest local authority initiative of its kind in Ireland, differs from Tidy Towns competitions in that its focus is solely on litter, with other advantages of areas such as natural beauty and architecture not considered as part of the judging criteria.
As such, it gives communities that may struggle in Tidy Towns competitions the opportunity to compete on an even footing and reward members for their willingness to 'walk the roads' picking up litter.
More than 80 villages from across the authority's three divisions entered this year's competition, with prize winners from the northern area presented with certificates at a ceremony in the council chamber at Annabella House.
Awards were presented to the top three locations in two separate categories, with an additional prize going to the 'Most Improved' village.
Coolagown, top ranked village in Category A, will now go forward to represent the division in the County Final of the villages competition.
The winner will be unveiled and the annual awards ceremony in September alongside the winner of the towns competitions.
Kildorrery took the runner-up spot in Category A, with Meelin in third place and Shanballymore winning the 'Most Improved' accolade.
First and second spot in Category B went to Araglin and Knocknagree respectively, meaning that both villages will be promoted to Category A. Kilcorney finished in third place, with Cullen taking the 'Most Improved' award.
While the chair of council's northern area committee, Cllr Pat Hayes, paid tribute to the winning villages he was also fulsome in his praise for all of this years entrants, pointing out that the standard of entry was "extremely high."
"I have it on good authority that the competition judges had a very tough job picking the winners. It is a great pleasure for me to be here today honouring the winners but also paying tribute to the hundreds of people from all over the region who go that extra mile to keep their villages litter free," said Cllr Hayes.
"As a council, it is only right and proper that the efforts of all who take part in this wonderful competition are recognised and applauded, The dedication, attention and care shown to villages across the region should be commended," he added.