ADARE has retained its title as the tidiest village in Limerick after it secured an impressive 312 points in this years Tidy Towns competition.
Sponsored by Super Valu, the results of the national competition were announced in Dublin this afternoon, with Kilkenny taking the overall prize.
Adare, which won the County Prize, was also awarded a gold medal and its Bring Bank was voted the best in the region.
Elsewhere, Galbally (306), Kilmallock (301) and Newcastle West (291) were awarded bronze medals in their respective categories.
Galbally was highly commended by the judges while Ardpatrick (305) was commended with Elton (201) receiving an endeavour award.
Limerick city centre, meanwhile, added 12 points to last year’s tally to secure 270 this year - impressing the judge who wrote: “Your adjudicator had spent little time previously in Limerick and thus having time to explore the 2014 City of Culture was just a delight. Every street, back road, walk, park all had aspects to enjoy and your adjudicator could not recommend Limerick City highly enough. Everyone should have the chance and be encouraged to visit.”
Every one of the Limerick communities who took part in this year’s competition saw their points increase year-on-year with Caherdavin (233) and Elton (201) recording the biggest increases compared to 2013.
The Kilmallock Tidy Towns committee and Coláiste Iósaef were awarded the special Can It! award, while Dolly O’Neill from Adare and Helen O’Donnell of the Limerick City Tidy Towns committee received special heroes awards.
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