THE Rebel County has once again come up shin­ing in the an­nual Na­tional Su­per Valu Tidy Towns com­pe­ti­tion – scoop­ing an im­pres­sive 20 gold, sil­ver and bronze medals in ad­di­tions to a num­ber of in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory awards.

The north and mid- Cork re­gions fared par­tic­u­larly well in the 2017 stand­ings, with towns and vil­lages across both re­gions catch­ing the eyes of com­pe­ti­tion judges.

Once again the vil­lage of Coolagown near Fer­moy stepped up to the plate, scoop­ing yet another gold in the ‘ Ti­di­est Vil­lage’ (pop-un­der 200 cat­e­gory) on 328 points – a mere four marks be­hind the cat­e­gory and over­all Na­tional Award Win­ner Bird­hill in Co Tip­per­ary.

Ballincol­lig also struck gold, fin­ish­ing top of the pile in the ‘Large Ur­ban Cen­tre’ cat­e­gory (pop 15,001 – 25,000) on 327 points, one ahead of its clos­est ri­vals Clon­mel and Let­terkenny.

Mac­room also put in a good show­ing, win­ning sil­ver in the cat­e­gory for town with a pop­u­la­tion of 2,501 – 5,000 with 318 points, with Castle­town­roche and Millstreet win­ning bronze in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

Coolagown’s fi­nal tally of 328 points, five more than in 2015, was enough to se­cure the county award for North Cork, with Castle­town­roche and Kiskeam highly com­mended and com­mended re­spec­tively. Ballincol­lig also won the county award for South Cork

Charleville and Cill na Mar­tra also im­pressed judges win­ning the Cork North and Cork South En­deav­our Awards.

Tom Ryan of Castle­town­roche Tidy Towns was among those to be un­veiled as a ‘Com­mu­nity Hero’ after he was highly com­mended for his com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing his lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The Mayor of Cork County, Cllr De­clan Hur­ley, com­pli­mented all of the Cork en­trants in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, which at­tracted a record en­trance of 870 towns and vil­lages for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work.

“I would like to ex­press my thanks to all the vol­un­teers and win­ners in each of our Tidy Towns groups county wide. Their ded­i­ca­tion and per­sonal sac­ri­fice in mak­ing our towns and vil­lages bet­ter places to live and work in is truly in­spir­ing,” said Cllr Hur­ley.

“Cork has again achieved great suc­cess in the com­pe­ti­tion and it clearly shows the way for­ward in com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and how it makes our lives bet­ter,” he added.

Tom Ryan, Castle­town­roche re­ceiv­ing his Su­perValu Com­mu­nity Hero award from Des O’Ma­hony of Su­perValu.

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