TIDY Towns committees
across Inishowen and other parts of Co Donegal are
celebrating gold and silver medals in the national
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
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.