Rathbarry is Ireland’s Best Kept Town 2017

rathbarry village

Posted on: 29th June, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Rathbarry is the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Kept Town competition, 2017. The results were announced on June 20 at an awards ceremony in Farmleigh House.

Rathbarry also won the Best Kept Village category. Kenmare, County Kerry  won the Best Kept Small Town category, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh won the Best Kept Large Town category and Antrim Town won the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category.

Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development paid tribute to each of the category winners and also to the other towns that had been nominated for awards. The Minister congratulated all of the winners and nominees in this year’s competition, and in particular to Rathbarry for winning the overall title. He said; “Being nominated for these awards represents an achievement in itself, and is reward for your efforts in the SuperValu TidyTowns and the Best Kept competitions. After more than two decades, this all-Ireland competition continues to be a strong recognition of the great pride people have in their own communities, and how local volunteers take ownership of their surroundings and work to improve them, both for now and into the future.  Close relationships forged here and in other North South community based initiatives, will benefit discussions in the European institutions with Britain as we prepare for their departure from the European Union. Well done, your communities are richer for your efforts and hard work, and I’m sure that you have great joy and pride in being here today.”

Doreen Muskett MBE, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, the body that organises the Best Kept Awards, said: “The competition is designed to reward those who take great pride in their communities, those who work tirelessly to make their surroundings a nicer place to work, live and play in.

“My sincere congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients. The panel of esteemed judges had a very difficult task in comparing and selecting the eventual winners, which is testament to the stunning towns and villages we are lucky enough to have here. I am delighted that Enniskillen and Antrim together have been recognised amongst Ireland’s most beautiful spots.”

Latest News Articles:

Plan the perfect wedding day at the Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum
Clutching at straws for Coalition
Lee’s and Nils: West Cork clubs in the city
The walk of a lifetime
West Cork farmers take gold at National Farmer of the Year Awards
Shining success for Union Hall Centra store at 2017 Quality Awards
West Cork businessman appointed Chairman of the National Council of SPAR Retailers
Irish Community Air Ambulance launches ‘Post a Selfie with your BFF’ campaign
Clonakilty wins RIAI ‘Best Place of the Year 2017’
Clune to lobby new Minister on Seven Heads Peninsula decision

Join us on Facebook

This year Wild Atlantic Tag sponsored by Marine Harvest will take place in Adrigole on Saturday August 5th. All are welcome, whether you are a team entry or an individual looking to join a team. The teams will be divided into two sections, Social & Seriously Social! Please contact Sean (0879568363) or Joey (0879865827) to register. It promises to be great craic with plenty of refreshments available pre and post-match! Fantastic local musician Eoghan McEllhenny will entertain the rugby masses from 4.30pm followed by Peadar O’Callaghan and renowned Natural Gas will round off the night from 9.30pm! ... See MoreSee Less

14th July, 2017  ·  

A woodland walk will take place on the 22nd June at 7pm in Glengarriff Nature Reserve. This is a great opportunity to learn about woodlands, their plants and wildlife and is an opportunity not to be missed. Glengarriff Nature Reserve was designated as a Nature reserve in 1991, and covers over 300 acres in size. It is a beautiful and unique woodlands containing many different habitats and is owned and managed by NPWS primarily for conservation and amenity purposes. The event is led by National Parks Ranger Clare Heardman and has been organised by Cork Nature Network For further information please contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie ... See MoreSee Less

19th June, 2017  ·  

Union Hall lifeboat Station are looking for a volunteer lifeboat training coordinator. See poster for details. ... See MoreSee Less

13th June, 2017  ·  

Michael Collins House presents ‘Revolutionaries’ - an exhibition by renowned artist Jim Fitzpatrick at Emmet Square, Clonakilty.
Official opening on Fri 16th June at 7.30pm as part of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival. All welcome and note that the exhibition runs up until Sunday 30th July.
... See MoreSee Less

9th June, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top