DOUBLE-SWEET victory has crowned Adare’s efforts in this year’s Tidy Towns competition. For the second year in a row, the county’s premier heritage village has collected a gold medal.
And Adare has also pulled off another coup – winning the regional prize for best-kept recyling centre.
For the busy Tidy Towns committee, headed up by Michael Brennan, there was an additional achievement to savour – breaking through the 300 mark threshold.
“This is our first time getting over 300 points,” Mr Brennan said following the announcement of the results this Monday.
At 301 points, up two from last year, Adare also maintained its top-ranking as the county’s foremost tidy town.
All in all, the results are deeply satisfying for Mr Brennan and his small platoon of volunteers.
“We have increased our points each year for the last three years,” Mr Brennan said, adding that the judges acknowledged how difficult it is to add points at this level.
But, much to the committee’s own delight, they have also surpassed their own targets.. Five years ago, Mr Brennan explained, they set out to win a gold medal. But instead, they have scored gold, not once but twice, within three years.
“When you are into the first league, you are competing with major tourist centres who put enormous amounts of money into maintaining their towns,” Mr Brennan pointed out. It is difficult for a small, voluntary committee to compete against a town with its own urban council, he added.