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The winners of the 2013 National Tidy Towns were announced today at the awards ceremony in The Helix Theatre in Dublin. Moynalty in County Meath have been named best of the 832 towns and villages that entered this year’s SuperValu National TidyTowns competition. Moynalty scored 316 points this year and win a trophy and €10,000. Congratulations to Moynalty Tidy Towns from everyone in Swinford Tidy Towns.

Swinford Tidy Towns improved our points from 231 last year to 237 in this years competition, an improvement of 6 points. We still have a lot of work to do in the town and the increase in points shows the improvements that are being made by Swinford Tidy Towns.

“You have made good progress on handling the difficult problem of derelict buildings. Many buildings have been repainted and these were examined. Your adjudicator especially liked The Hogan and the strong yellow colour works well here. Repainting at the old Fire Station and the Handball alley was also visited. The new Library beside the old Station is a delight as it the excellently presented Church and grounds. The Church on a height has a fine site and is greatly augmented by excellent grass areas and landscaping. The well painted railings also caught the eye. Murals were admired in various areas including the tidy car park. Painting at what was the ESB shop was also noted. Progress has been made at some of the premises on the Kilkelly road. The Golf Club and  the GAA premises nearby were both quite tidy and the buildings neatly painted. Further along at Central Supplies on Park road well cut rolling grassy roadside areas were admired. At the Amenity Park area near Tesco the gates needed to be painted. Across from the Youth Club entrance railings needed to be repainted while the hanging sign at The White House was appreciated. Other premises in the centre of Swinford that your adjudicated noted were Eileen’s and Molloy’s. The graphics and painting here are eye catching. A good colour use was seen at the Gateway Hotel. The use of the Irish language on signage is required under present legislation and this should be encouraged where appropriate. On signage the Irish language must have the primary role.”

Swinford is in Category C population 1,001 to 2,500. The winners in our section are as follows;

Gold Medal Awards

Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow  310
Lismore, Co. Waterford        310
Adare, Co. Limerick              307
Aughrim, Co. Wicklow          307
Glenties, Co. Donegal           306
Straffan, Co Kildare              306

Silver Medal Awards

Abbeyleix, Co. Laois                  301
Béal an Mhuirthead, Co. Mayo 301
Raphoe, Co. Donegal                 301

Bronze Medal Awards

Kilkee, Co. Clare            298
Ballina, Co. Tipperary   296
Coolaney, Co. Sligo        296
Rathangan, Co. Kildare 296

Regional Awards

Region                     Winner      Marks
Dublin                     Skerries        309
Midwest                    Ennis          314
Midlands & East    Moynalty       316
North West          Letterkenny     313
South East              Kilkenny        313
South West            Killarney        315
West                      Westport        314

Full reports and results book can be viewed in our Results Archives Section.

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