Westport named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town
Posted in Connect on September 24, 2018.
Westport was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town and also won the county award for Mayo at today’s National Tidy Towns Awards.
It was one of six communities in Mayo to receive special recognition in this year’s awards. Castlebar and Westport both received a Gold Medal and with it a prize of €900.
Mulranny, Béal an Mhuirthead and Ballina all won Bronze Medals while Mulranny was also highly commended in the county category for Mayo.
Binghamstown won the Endeavour Award for Mayo. Béal an Mhuirthead was a Highly Commended winner in the Gaeltacht Award and received €1,000.
Westport picked up another award when it was named winner of the Young Tidy Towns Committee Award.
The winners were announced by Minister Michael Ring at a ceremony in the Helix, Dublin, alongside Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor for the 27th year.
Some 36 communities in Mayo entered this year’s competition.
In winning Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, one of the four main categories, Minister Ring presented the Westport committee with a trophy and they will also receive €5,000.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Minister Ring said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Westport who are very deserving winners of the large town category. I am delighted for the other winners from Mayo. Today, all their dedication and effort has paid off.
“I commend all of the 36 communities from Mayo that entered the competition. Their towns and villages are the better for their participation and we owe the volunteers that got involved a debt of gratitude.
“The voluntary work that people put in to their communities brings great pride, a great sense of achievement and great camaraderie to those communities. That is why this competition has flourished for 60 years.”
Minister Ring also announced a special allocation of €1.4 million to support the work of individual Tidy Towns committees around the country in order to mark the 60th anniversary of the event.
Full details of all this year’s winners are available at www.tidytowns.ie.
- Connaught Telegraph, September 24th 2018