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.