Tidy Towns (Ireland)

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Tidy Towns (Irish: Bailte Slachtmhara) is an annual competition, first held in 1958, organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in order to honour the tidiest and most attractive cities, towns and villages in Ireland. The competition is organised on a national basis, and entrants must complete modules including Overall Developmental Approach (5 Year Plan), The Built Environment, Landscaping, Wildlife & Natural Amenities, Litter Control, Tidiness, Waste Minimisation, Residential Areas, Roads and Streets & Back Areas.

The Competition is judged during the summer months (May to August) by an independent adjudicator, who issues each town with a written report complimenting positive development and actions and providing positive suggestions on how the community can improve their general surroundings.

This competition covers many aspects of environment and prizes are awarded to winners of all areas. Other than that, there's an overall winner which is named as "Ireland's Tidiest Town" which is announced at the end of competition every September.[1]


Tidy Towns monument in Westport
Moynalty won Gold Medal in 2006. It would go on to win the 2013 Tidy Towns competition.
Sign commemorating Adare's 1976 victory.
Year Overall Winner Village Small Town Large Town Large Urban Centre
1958 Glenties[2] Not awarded Not awarded Not awarded Not awarded
1959 Glenties
1960 Glenties
1961 Rathvilly
1962 Glenties
1963 Rathvilly
1964 Virginia, County Cavan
1965 Virginia, County Cavan
1966 Ballyjamesduff
1967 Ballyjamesduff
1968 Rathvilly
1969 Tyrrellspass
1970 Malin
1971 Ballyconnell
1972 Trim
1973 Kiltegan
1974 Ballyconnell & Trim
1975 Kilsheelan
1976 Adare
1977 Multyfarnham
1978 Glaslough
1979 Kilsheelan
1980 Newtowncashel
1981 Mountshannon
1982 Dunmanway
1983 Terryglass
1984 Trim
1985 Kilkenny
1986 Kinsale
1987 Sneem
1988 Carlingford
1989 Ardagh, County Longford
1990 Malahide
1991 Malin
1992 Ardmore, County Waterford
1993 Keadue
1994 Galbally, County Limerick
1995 Glenties
1996 Ardagh, County Longford
1997 Terryglass
1998 Ardagh, County Longford
1999 Clonakilty
2000 Kenmare
2001 Westport
2002 Castletown, County Laois Castletown, County Laois Lismore, County Waterford Ennis
2003 Keadue Keadue Kenmare Westport
2004 Lismore, County Waterford Moynalty Lismore, County Waterford Westport
2005 Ennis Moynalty Lismore, County Waterford Ennis
2006 Westport Birdhill Aughrim Westport Ennis
2007 Aughrim Birdhill Aughrim Killarney Letterkenny
2008 Westport Birdhill Kenmare Westport Ennis
2009 Emly Emly Aughrim Westport Ennis
2010 Tallanstown Tallanstown Lismore, County Waterford Killarney Kilkenny
2011 Killarney Emly Lismore, County Waterford Killarney Kilkenny
2012 [3] Abbeyshrule Abbeyshrule Clonakilty Westport Ennis
2013 [4] Moynalty Moynalty Kenmare Killarney Ennis
2014 Kilkenny Clonegal Kilrush Westport Kilkenny
2015 Letterkenny Clonegal Listowel Westport Letterkenny
2016 Skerries[5] Birdhill Listowel Skerries Ennis


  1. ^ "Ireland's Tidiest Town Winner". 
  2. ^ "Winner's list". 
  3. ^ Hogan, Treacy (10 September 2012). "Co Longford’s Abbeyshrule claims Tidy Town award for 2012". Irish Independent. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Town tidiest thanks to 6am sweeps". Irish Independent. 9 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "2016 Tidy Town Winners". 

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