The Co Louth village of Tallanstown has emerged as the winner of Ireland’s Tidy Towns competition.
Tallanstown, which also won in its category of Tidiest Village, was awarded 308 points out of 400, improving on its score of 304 points last year when it collected the special Best Bring Bank Award, the Can It Award and the Endeavour Award in the midlands east category.
It is the first time Tallanstown has one the top award.
The category for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town was won by Lismore, Co Waterford, which garnered 306 points.
Killarney in Co Kerry, secured the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town with 307 points while Kilkenny won the Tidiest Large Urban centre award with 306.
The awards were presented at the Helix Theatre in Dublin this afternoon by Minister for the Environment John Gormley.
He said the adjudicators noted that the “idyllic rural charm” in Tallanstown had been enhanced by the considered approach the TidyTowns Committee had taken to projects within the village.
The winner of the SuperValu TidyTowns Schools Award was Ardee Educate Together National School in Ardee Co Louth.
Some 764 areas entered the competition this year and were judged by a panel of adjudicators appointed by the Department of the Environment.