Kilkenny City wins tidy towns award

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Kilkenny Castle and John’s Bridge in Kilkenny city, winner of the Irish Tidy Town 2014. Photograph: Pat Moore.

Kilkenny City has been named as Ireland's Tidiest Town for 2014, beating competition from 849 towns and villages.

The title of Ireland's Tidiest Village went to Clonegal in Co Carlow.

Other winners included Kilrush in Co Clare, which won the award for Ireland's Tidiest Small Town, and Westport in Co Mayo, which was Ireland's Tidiest Large Town.

Kilkenny city was also named as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Kilkenny; a really worthy winner.

"It is 1985 since Kilkenny last won the overall prize but they have been consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local and regional level.

"I am very impressed by the enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort.

"The results of their efforts are obvious in the attractive, well cared-for towns and villages we see throughout the country.

"It is clear that working together and getting things done increases peoples' pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities."


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