The north Meath village of Moynalty has been named the overall winner of this year’s Supervalu National Tidy Towns competition.
Moynalty claimed the overall title for the first time and beat off competition from 831 other towns and villages around the country to take top honours.
The announcement was made by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, at a ceremony in the Helix in Dublin this afternoon and was greeted with great celebrations.
Moynalty was also awarded the title of Ireland’s tidiest village.
Speaking after the awards Minister Hogan said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Moynalty after 53 years in the competition; a really worthy winner. My congratulations to Moynalty and all of the other prize-winners today. I am always impressed by the ambition and enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort. These people volunteer their time, effort and expertise, year on year, to help make their communities better places to live and work in.
"The results of their efforts are obvious in the attractive, well cared-for towns and villages we see throughout the country. It is clear that working together, getting to know your neighbours, and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities. This is why I am delighted to see this competition continues to sustain great interest, even after 55 years.”
Moynalty is the first Meath winner of the competition since Trim won the tidy towns title in 1984. As overall winner, a cheque for €10,000 and a trophy is awarded, as well as a prize for €5,000 and trophy for being named as the country’s tidiest village.
Moynalty scored an impressive 316 points, gaining an extra six marks on their score last year.
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