The nationwide ‘tidy towns’ competition awards were announced this evening in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. This is the third time Westport has won the award having won it for the first time in 2001 and again 2 years ago in 2006.
Anyone who visits Westport as part of their Ireland vacation or holiday will agree that the accolade is well deserved.
History of the Tidy Towns
The national TidyTowns initiative was launched by Bord Fáilte, the then Irish Tourist Board (now Fáilte Ireland), in 1958 as part of ‘Tostal’, a nationwide festival celebrating all things Irish.
A predecessor, the National Spring Clean Campaign ran between 1953 and 1957 but TidyTowns rapidly developed its own identity and has gone on to become Ireland’s most well known and popular local environmental initiative.
Following the restructuring of Bord Fáilte in 1995, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government assumed responsibility for TidyTowns and now organises the initiative with the support of national sponsor SuperValu and a number of other agencies
The winners in other categories were:
Tidiest Village: Birdhill, County Tipperary
Tidiest small Town: Kenmare, County Kerry
Tidiest School: Duleek Boys NS, County Meath
Tidiest Large Town: Westport, County Mayo
Tidiest Large Urban Centre: Ennis, County Clare
Special award for contribution to ‘Tidy towns’ over 50 years: Glenties, County Donegal