There were celebrations across Roscommon on Monday afternoon following the announcement of the SuperValu Tidy Towns results in The Helix, Dublin.
Castlecoote was named as the county’s tidiest town, collecting a whopping 329 points in the process, just three short of overall winner Birdhill, Co. Tipperary. The county’s tidiest area also collected €1,000.
There was good news for Roscommon town too as it was awarded a ‘Gold Medal’ and finished just 11 points behind Westport in its category.
Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, who has worked with Roscommon Tidy Towns for the past 18 years, was understandably pleased.
“We’re thrilled to bits. We never expected going up to Dublin that we’d win a gold medal. We were hoping to retain our silver status so to see our name in lights in the gold category is fantastic.
“It’s thanks to a combination of a number of hard-working groups in Roscommon including Tidy Towns volunteers, our workers in Roscommon County Council, TUAS workers, residents’ associations and local businesses,” she said.
Other ‘Gold Medal’ winners included Keadue, which was designated ‘highly commended’ and awarded €800, and Carrick-on-Shannon. Meanwhile, Ballintubber collected a ‘Silver Medal’ and the local authority pollinator award and €1,000. Ballintubber’s ‘commended’ designation also saw it pick up €500. Gold Medal winners receive €900 while Silver Medal winners receive €700.
Elsewhere, Cloontuskert and Tarmonbarry both received bronze medals as well as €400 each while Cloontuskert also picked up the ‘Value Water Award’. The new leisure walk route in Creggs was also recognised and received a special €1,000 Sustainable Development award while Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns earned recognition for work in the ‘Waste Prevention’ category and received €500.
Local politicians, including Senator Maura Hopkins, who commended the local winners, welcomed Monday’s success.
“Right across the county, the work of tidy towns committees have given a real positive lift to our communities. So many volunteers give so much energy, time and commitment to ensuring that our villages and towns look well and have given residents a real sense of pride of place. It is great to see villages and towns making further improvements and this is evident through the increased marks they received in the competition,” she said.
Minister Denis Naughten also praised the work of the county’s communities following Monday’s announcement.
“A massive thank you to all the Tidy Towns’ volunteers, committees and local communities who have made Roscommon a very proud and tidy county,” he said.