Offaly village is the best kept in entire country

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Offaly village is the best kept in entire country

Offaly village is the best kept in entire country

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D., has congratulated the winners in Ireland’s Best Kept Town Competition 2018, including Geashill in Offaly.

Ireland’s Best Kept Town is an all-island competition in which some of the best towns in the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition compete against their counterparts in Northern Ireland’s Best Kept Competition.

In the results announced in Belfast, Ballina, County Mayo won the Best Kept Large Town category, while Geashill, County Offaly won the Best Kept Village category.

Randalstown, County Antrim was the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Kept Town Competition, as well as winning the Best Kept Small Town category.

Minister Ring said: “I want to congratulate all of the winners and nominees in the all-island Best Kept Town competition, and in particular Ballina and Geashill, who were the winners of the Best Kept Large Town and Best Kept Village respectively.

“I also want to pay tribute to Randalstown, Co. Antrim, the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Kept Town, and Banbridge, Co. Down, the winner of the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category.”   

The Minister continued: “The all-island Best Kept Town Competition recognises the great pride people have in their own communities, both in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  It shows how local volunteers take ownership of their surroundings and work to improve them,  both for now and into the future.

“Being nominated for these awards represents an achievement in itself, and is recognition of the efforts made by volunteers and local communities in the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition and the Best Kept Competition in Northern Ireland.” 

Doreen Muskett, MBE, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, the body that organised the Best Kept Awards, said: “The competition is designed to reward those who take great pride in their communities by working tirelessly to make their surroundings a nice place to work, live and play in."

"My sincere congratulations to all of this year’s awards recipients. The panel of esteemed judges had a very difficult task in comparing and selecting the eventual winners, which is a testament to the stunning towns and villages that we are lucky enough to have here.  I am delighted that Randalstown and Banbridge  have been recognised amongst Ireland’s most beautiful spots.”

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