The south Longford village of Abbeyshrule has yet again claimed gold in the National Tidy Towns 2011 competition. Scoring 307 points, the picturesque village walked away with the top Category A prize for the third consecutive year.
“We are up three points on last year,” said Philip Butler, chairperson at Abbeyshrule Tidy Towns, speaking to the Leader. “Emly, Co. Tipperary got the best village overall and we were only two points behind them and three points behind the overall winner Killarney, Co. Kerry. We are doing really well and are delighted with our achievement.”
The village also secured the County Award and joint fifth place overall in the country.
“It’s a great boost to the community to achieve these awards,” said Philip. “I would like to thank Longford County Council, FAS, our local councillors and all the volunteers who worked with us throughout the year. A lot of work had to be done this year following the harsh winter that we had.”
Meanwhile, Newtowncashel secured the silver medal in category A with 301 points, an improvement of one point on last year’s figures. The south Longford village also secured a high commendation. Elsewhere in the county Ardagh received a commendation with 287 points.
Longford’s Drumlish received an Endeavour Award following their 11 point increase to 267 points. In Dromod, Co. Leitrim, the community is celebrating their Best Bring Bank Award for the North West.
Three additional Longford towns took part for the first time this year, namely Ballycloughan (197 points), Derrahaun (220 points) and Newtownforbes (232 points).
Overall, Longford’s towns and villages scored well achieving the following scores and changes from 2010 results as shown in brackets; Abbeylara 237 (0), Ballinalee 234 (0), Carrickboy 203 (+1), Clondra 268 (+2), Cullyfad 255 (+2), Edgeworthstown 220 (+7), Granard 208 (0), Kenagh 244 (+6), Lanesboro 202 (0), Legan 243 (+3), Longford town 278 (+1), Mullinalaghta 207 (0), and Taghshinny 189 (0).
A synopsis of the Tidy Towns reports will appear in next week’s Longford Leader.