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Tipp takes top Tidy Towns title

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tipp takes top Tidy Towns title thumbnailBirdhill in Co Tipperary was named winner of the SuperValu Tidy Towns Awards,Ireland's Tidiest Town. MT39957JOC

BIRDHILL, Co Tipperary scooped Ireland's tidiest town accolade for 2017 while across the board participating Offaly and Tipperary towns and villages saw their points increase in this year's national Supervalu Tidy Towns competition.
Drawing entries from a record 870 towns and villages, this year's announcement was greeted with great celebration for many local tidy towns groups in both counties. Roscrea Tidy Towns was elated when their representatives, who were at the awards ceremony in the Helix Theatre, Dublin on Monday last, were presented with a silver medal in category E with 313 points. "We were delighted today when our representatives in the Helix got a silver medal - a great result," they wrote on its Facebook page.
Terryglasss Tidy Towns was absolutely delighted with their gold award in category A of this year's competition, runners up to the national winners with 329 points. "Well done and thank you to everyone, who has helped out this year with the tidy towns and to those who have kept their gardens and areas tidy," they wrote on their social media page following Monday's award ceremony. Moneygall Village noted they increased five points on their 2016 result. "Well done to the few involved in keeping our village presentable, amazing commitment and dedication," they wrote.
Carol Nolan, TD, who is secretary of the Cadamstown Tidy Towns committee noted that Cadamstown gained a few extra points in this year's competition and were now on 303 in category A. "Well done to the hard working committee. It was great to work with such dedicated people throughout the summer. As secretary of the committee, I would like to thank you all for your hard work and want to acknowledge the great contribution to all our residents," she enthused.
Elsewhere in Offaly, there was great news for Tullamore, who secured a gold medal in category F on 310 points while Geashill and Clonbullogue both secured a silver medal in category B in this year's competition. Geashill was also buzzing after winning a 2017 pollinator award in this year's competition.
Meanwhile, Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy extended her hearty congratulations to towns and communities in Offaly who took part in this year's Tidy Towns competition. "For the last fifty nine years the Tidy Towns competition has brought enormous improvements to our local towns, villages and rural areas here in Offaly. In Offaly the enhancements brought about by our local tidy towns committees give the whole community a lift."
Tipperary County Council Cathaoirleach Dr Phyll Bugler congratulated Birdhill on winning the title of Ireland's tidiest town for 2017 and wished all the Tipperary Tidy Towns entrants continued success.
"As Tipperary's First citizen, I would like to congratulate the community of Birdhill on securing the overall title of 'Ireland's Tidiest Town for 2017'. I would like to especially acknowledge the people who make it happen on the ground. This is a great achievement and worthy recognition for the selfless efforts of these volunteers and is testament to the huge pride the community has for their environment in making it a better place in which to live and work as well as enhancing it as a place for people to visit.
"The dedication and personal sacrifice from all tidy towns volunteers across the county in maintaining and improving our towns and villages is truly inspiring and is visible for all to see. Equally important is these communities is the successful collaboration, engagement, community spirit and shared sense of pride among the residents. 
"I would also like to congratulate the county's other Gold and Silver award winners for their stellar performances with increased marks across the board. The Council salutes the sustained efforts of the voluntary committees of Birdhill, Emly, Terryglass, Clonmel and Kilsheelan in maintaining their towns and villages to such a high standard, taking pride in their heritage and appreciating and protecting their environment. 
"Tipperary County Council indeed recognises and acknowledges the significant input of these committees and supports their endeavours through grant assistance, facilitated workshops and organising awareness campaigns and local award nights. The positive contribution made by Council staff in supporting and helping to develop community led projects in these towns and villages must also be acknowledged.
"Tipperary Couty Council is committed to playing its part to help local volunteers to improve their communities and by working closely together, we all benefit because we are creating towns and villages that are good places to live in.
"Again, Heartiest congratulations to Birdhill and all those that participated in Tidy Towns 2017. We are so proud of your achievements."

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