It may have rained all summer but it rained medals galore on Cork County, in particular West Cork, this week at the national Tidy Towns awards. Cork’s towns and villages increased the county’s medal count to 18 (14 in 2014), an average increase in marks of 10 per cent across all medal categories. Cork County’s haul increased in all categories with six Gold medals, six Silver and six Bronze awarded.
Three of the six Golds were claimed by West Cork with Clonakilty, Kinsale and Rathbarry each receiving a coveted medal. In the Tourism (small) Towns Award, Clonakilty also received a Highly Commended.
Bantry, Eyeries, Rosscarbery, Timoleague were all awarded Silver medals with Lislevan, Ballydehob, Castletownbere, Skibbereen, Macroom, Bandon taking home Bronze.
Michael Smith (Kinsale) received an Individual Hero award.
Bere Island with Sherkin Island received Highly Commended awards in the Islands category.
Commenting on the Cork successes, the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea said, “I want to pay tribute to all the volunteers and champions in each of our Tidy Towns groups across the County who are so dedicated to making their towns and villages look so well. Cork has again achieved huge success in the competition and it clearly shows that the partnership approach of the local authority working closely with Tidy Towns Groups is a winning one. Cork County Council will continue to works with all towns and villages who enter into this wonderful competition and continue to support them financially and resourcefully anyway we can”.