Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Community and Rural Affairs has just announced the winners of the Best Kept Town competition, 2017.
Kenmare has won the Best Kept Small Town award. There were three other finalists: Ahoghill, Co Antrim, Coolaney, Co Sligo and Randalstown, Co Antrim but Kenmare emerged as the winner.
Kenmare is no stranger to awards having won numerous Tidy Towns awards in the past:
Tidiest Town in Ireland 2000
Best Kept Town in Ireland 4 times previously
Tidiest Small Town in Ireland 5 times
Gold Medal Winners for the past 15 years.
And now Kenmare is Best Kept Small Town 2017
The other winners in this years Best Kept Town competition were:
Rathbarry, Co. Cork, Best Kept Village and overall winner of the 2017 competition.
Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Best Kept Large Town
Antrim, Co. Antrim, Best Kept Large Urban Centre.
The Minister, Michael Ring said:
“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.”
Doreen Muskett MBE, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, 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.”
Well done to Kenmare, Best Kept Small Town 2017, and all the winners.