Having only recently been named Ireland’s cleanest town in the latest IBAL survey, Kilkenny has gone one further and today was announced as overall winner of Ireland’s tidiest town in the results of the 2104 Tidy Towns competition.
It’s almost 30 years since Kilkenny last won the coveted title which can add a much needed tourism boost to towns around Ireland. It also brings with it a €10,000 cash prize.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly had the following to say earlier
This is a fantastic achievement for Kilkenny; a really worthy winner. It is 1985 since Kilkenny last won the overall prize but they have been consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local and regional level. So my congratulations to Kilkenny and all of the other deserving prize-winners announced today,” he said.
Clonegal Co. Carlow claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village. Other winners included Kilrush, Co. Clare receiving the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town, Westport Co. Mayo received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Kilkenny City was also declared as Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre.
If you want to dig a little deeper, check out the 2014 adjudication reports for Kilkenny here.
The report for Kilkenny city makes for some pretty detailed reading. Big compliments in there too to the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful crew, but it’s not just about the city. Check out the reviews for Bennettsbridge, Inistioge, Kells, Thomastown and more here.