There were great celebrations in Castlecoote earlier this week after Castlecoote emered as County Roscommon winners and gained a a coveted Gold Medal at the annual Tidy Town Awards ceremony held in the Helix Centre, Dublin.
Castlecoote pipped veteran County Roscommon winners Keadue to the accolade with a score of 307 (compared to Keadue’s 306) to be crowned Roscommon Tidy Town winners for 2012, capping what has been a very productive and industrious year for their hard-working committee.
In their report and evaluation judges stated they were very impressed with the overall look of Castelcoote calling it “such an appealing place to visit” whilst describing the committee as ‘careful, imaginative and hard-working.”
Judges also highlighted the committee’s important connection with the children in the national school, complimented their variety of events and festivals throughout the year and concluded that the “town is spotless and has maintained its association with its landscape.”
Speaking to the Roscommon People in the wake of their significant achievement, committee secretary Ann Connell couldn’t hide her delight at the news.
“We’re absolutely thrilled and delighted with our Gold National Medal Award and the news we received on Monday night at the ceremony in Dublin. It’s a fantastic achievement not only for the committee but for the Castlecotte area in general,” she stated.
Ann also revealed that although no major projects were undertaken this year everyone played their part in the upkeep and maintenance of the village throughout the year.
“We didn’t embark on any substantial projects this year but instead we concentrated on ensuring that the village always looked its best through planting, weeding and general maintenance. We also painted the school walls and the water pump which enhanced the overall view of the village.
Ann also paid tribute to a huge volume of people who helped the Tidy Towns committee with a special word of praise for the FAS workers, members of Seasame Construction, local engineer Ivor Kilcline, Marion Parker of the Department of Environment, local litter warden Annette Donlon and Roscommon County Council General Service Supervisor Adrian Reynolds.
She also singled out the youth of the area for their contribution, highlighting how successful the children’s litter rota had been as well as the beautiful children’s garden located in the car park.
“I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed in anyway to this great success. To our volunteers who give up their time and to our generous sponsors, thanks to one and all for your continued support throughout the year.”
Keadue, a regular winner of the county competition and over National winner in 1993 and 2003, gained a Silver Medal at the National Awards while the overall National winner was Abbeyshrule village in Co. Longford.
The official Gold Medal presentation to the Castlecoote Tidy Towns committee will take place at a regional ceremony at a venue to be announced in the near future.