Tidy Towns groups honoured in Listowel

National winners Listowel host regional awards ceremony 2018

Tadhg Evans

It was a vintage year for Tidy Towns groups in Kerry and particularly Listowel, who became overall winners of the prestigious competition in the autumn.

With that honour came further honours, and last week it fell to Listowel to host the SuperValu Mid-West and South-West regional awards in the Listowel Arms Hotel.

Listowel again took plaudits for being Ireland's tidiest town and small town, as well as being honoured as winners of the Department of Rural and Community Development-sponsored Mid-West and South-West Regional award.

Groups from around Kerry, Limerick and Cork were acknowledged also for securing gold, silver or bronze medals in 2018, including gold-medallists Tralee, Kenmare and Killarney. 

And on the night, it was Listowel MD Leas Cathaoirleach Councillor Mike Kennelly who presented the wide range of prizes while also offering more than a few kind words for all the groups present.

"It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet Tidy Towns groups across this region," Councillor Kennelly said.

"I want to give special mention to Listowel; congratulations on winning the regional title and being named Ireland's Tidiest Small Town along with the overall title of Ireland's Tidiest Town."

Councillor Kennelly also congratulated Ballincollig in County Cork, gold medallists and winners of Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre 2018.