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Buncrana sparkles in Tidy Town awards 11.09.12

TIDY Towns committees across Inishowen and other parts of Co Donegal are celebrating gold and silver medals in the national awards.
Letterkenny and Glenties received Gold Medals, Raphoe and Buncrana received Silver Medal awards while Carraig Airt received the Gaeltacht award. Manorcunningham was recognised for its endeavours in its second year in the competition.
Mayor of Donegal Cllr Frank McBrearty, on behalf of Donegal County Council, congratulated all the towns and villages who participated.
He also offered congratulations to the Buncrana Lighthouse Restoration Project who received a Heritage Award and Letterkenny which was also recognised by Failte Ireland as one of ten Tourism Towns in the country.
"Being from Raphoe, I see first hand the tremendous work done by the Tidy Towns committee throughout the entire year and achieving a Silver Award in the Tidy Towns Competition is a wonderful achievement for the town, the committee and all the volunteers and workers."
County manager, Seamus Neely added: "These towns and villages are all worthy of an award and are a great example of what can be achieved by working together in a local community.
"The enthusiasm, pride and dedication of people in their communities have been reflected in the adjudicators' reports and this is something that every Tidy Town committee should be proud of.
Meanwhile, Abbeyshrule in Co Longford won the overall Tidy Towns award and also scooped the Tidiest Village award. It is the first time it has won a prize in the competition. Clonakilty, Co Cork was the Tidiest Small Town winner, Westport, Co Mayo was the Tidiest Large Town and Ennis, Co Clare was the Tidiest Large Urban Area.
A record 855 entries were judged this year.
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