TULLAMORE was one of 14 towns honoured at this annual All-Ireland Best Kept Town Competition.
The awards were announced by Minister Fergus O’Dowd, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Governement at a ceremony held in Farmleigh House on June 21.
The town was competing in the “Large Town” category of the competition and was shortlisted down to the final three along with Trim in Co Meath and Cookstown Co Antrim, who were the ultimate winners. Tullamore was represented at the ceremony by members of the Tullamore Tidy Towns Committee.
The judges visited the town on May 10 and awarded marks under seven different categories. Tullamore scored 200 out of a possible total of 250. The presentation of public buildings, in particular the railway station, as well as the overall maintenance of housing estates in the town were only two of a number of commendations contained in the report. However the level of dereliction and poor quality advertising in the town were highlighted as matters needing urgent attention.
Cllr Sinead Dooley, Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council has welcomed the towns excellent performance in this competition and complimented the local Tidy Towns Committee on their tireless efforts which have paid huge dividends in terms of the towns performance in not only in the Best Kept Towns Competition but also in the annual Tidy Towns Competition and Irish Businesses Against Litter league (IBAL).
Tullamore won a bronze medal in the 2010 Tidy Towns Competition and was placed ninth of 53 towns in the 2010 IBAL litter league.
Cllr Dooley has confirmed that the report will be considered by the members of Tullamore Town Council at the July Monthly Meeting of the Council with a view to encouraging all relevant stakeholders in the business, residential, state agency and community sectors to do their part in ensuring that the issues highlighted are tackled and allow Tullamore go from strength to strenght in future Competitions.
Ireland’s Best Kept Towns competition has been running since 1995. It is a joint initiative of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government who run the Tidy Towns competition in the South, and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council who run the Best Kept competition in the North.
Towns and villages nominated for Ireland’s Best Kept Towns competition are those which have done well in the respective competitions. All entrants are marked against strict adjudication criteria that include cleanliness, the outward appearance of buildings, the presentation of roads and public facilities and the natural environment.