Kilkenny missed out on Tidy Towns’ overall crown for 2021, but finished second in the most orderly category of major urban areas.
The announcement was made at a scaled-down event held at RDS today with a small number of representatives from this year’s contest entries. The event was broadcast live to thousands of TidyTowns volunteers across the country who eagerly awaited the announcement of the winners.
The Marble City scored 351 out of a possible 470 points and was praised by the judges in all categories. Ennis won the overall prize, out of 847 entries.
“Kilkenny is a beautiful historic town, and you are commended for the wonderful work you have done over the years in
keep it at its best. We look forward to receiving your candidacy in 2022, ”said the referees.
Meanwhile, Listerlin Tidy Towns was the regional winner of a Covid-19 community award. Over 25 towns and villages in Kilkenny took part in this year’s competition, with players like Kells, Inistioge, Gathabawn, Castlecomer, Gowran and Tullahought scoring extremely high.
Minister Heather Humphreys said that like all segments of society, the pandemic has barred us from participating in activities that we enjoy in our own communities.
“I want to congratulate the hundreds of groups and thousands of volunteers who, in the face of adversity, have made their communities a priority and have continued to make their regions better places to live, work and visit, while respecting social distancing and public health guidelines, ”she said.
“For that, on behalf of myself and the government, I want to thank you. “
Minister Humphreys also announced a special allocation of € 1.5 million to support the work of various TidyTowns committees across the country to help them in their ongoing efforts to improve their towns and villages.