Letterkenny and Buncrana cleans up!

Added: 10-09-2012 15:26:02

Letterkenny Town has once again surpassed itself in the national TidyTowns competition by winning a gold medal for the second year in a row!

Letterkenny came second overall in the Large Urban Centre category. Ennis, Co. Clare scored 311 points, winning the 15,001 to 25,000-
population category, beating Letterkenny by a single point.

Letterkenny has been a permanent fixture in the competition in recent years and is constantly improving year after year.

The town’s standing in the competition has improved throughout the last few years, and organizers are crediting this improvement to Letterkenny businesses taking more responsibility for their own premises, whilst locals have also been pitching in.

Letterkenny won a gold medal at last night’s ceremony for being amongst the top-scoring towns in the country.

Buncrana also cleaned up at last night's ceremony!

Buncrana Tidy Towns Initiative are delighted to have won a Silver medal along with a special Tidy Towns Heritage Award for the Buncrana Lighthouse Restoration Project, at the National Tidy Towns award ceremony

The town gained 5 points this year bringing their total score up to 292

Adjudicators general impression of Buncrana is a clean, bright and attractive seaside town. It is a lovely place to visit and no doubt a wonderful place to live.

Abbeyshrule in County Longford has been announced as the overall winner of the SuperValu TidyTowns Award for 2012, from amongst a record number of entries.

Presenting the prizes were Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Mr. Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu.

Almost 1,000 representatives from TidyTowns groups attended last night’s award ceremony.

Speaking after the awards Minister Hogan said: “I continue to be impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of all those involved in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition. These people volunteer their time and effort, year on year, in order to make their communities better places." 

"The results of their efforts are to be seen in attractive, well cared-for towns and villages throughout the country.  It is clear that working together, getting out there and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build stronger communities.  This is why I am delighted to see this competition continue to grow even after 54 years.”

Spokesperson for Letterkenny Town Council Frances Friel is delighted with the result:

“It’s a great result this year again, the highest we’ve ever had. The town that won overall, Abbeyshrule scored 312 points and we scored 310”.

“We’re improving year on year and it’s great. The amount of time and effort that has been put into the town this year has been second to none. The work we put in really showed this year and we got the best result ever”.

“We’re getting better every time and if we keep up the hard work we’re sure that 2013 could be our year!”

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