IRELAND’S TIDIEST town for 2019 has been selected from a record 918 entries.
Glaslough took home the title of as the tidiest town in Ireland for 2019.
The Monaghan village won the prize as Ireland’s tidiest town and Ireland’s tidiest village at an awards ceremony in Dublin.
It was handed the award as part of the annual SuperValu TidyTowns competition, which is now entering its seventh decade.
Other notable winners included Blackrock in Louth which was crowned Ireland’s tidiest small town and Westport in Mayo which was named Ireland’s tidiest large town.
Ennis in Clare also won Ireland’s tidiest large urban centre with 918 communities in total entered the competition in what represents a record for the competition.
Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development was present to hand out the awards along with Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor for the 28th year.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Minister Ring, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Glaslough, who are very deserving winners.
“Glaslough, who first entered the SuperValu TidyTowns competition in 1966, have great passion and pride in their community. They have been consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local, regional and European level. Today, all that commitment and dedication has paid off with the top prize being awarded to them.
“This is the second time that Glaslough has been awarded Ireland’s Tidiest Town, which is a remarkable achievement and shows that the commitment and enthusiasm of the TidyTowns committees continues to remain strong.
“I want to congratulate Glaslough and all of the other deserving prizewinners announced today. The work of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort results in the attractive and welcoming towns and villages we see all over the country, and from which we all benefit.
“It is this passion and pride that has made our towns and villages not only attractive and welcoming for visitors but have created a ‘sense of place’ for those who live, work and raise families there. That is why this competition has continued to flourish for more than 60 years.”