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Beautiful Clare cleans up at Tidy Towns

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ENNIS was deservedly crowned Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre for the seventh year in a decade at the National Tidy Towns competition in Dublin today – while committee members paid tribute to the recently deceased John Finn, a former St Flannan’s teacher, for his contribution to the competition.

At the prestigious awards ceremony, towns from across the Banner County showed their colours with awards going to towns across the land, from Kilrush to Mountshannon and Lisdoonvarna.

Councillor Mary Howard with members of the Tidy Towns team during the Fleadh

Mayor of Ennis Councillor Paul Murphy said the award marked the culmination of months of hard work by local volunteers and members of the Ennis Tidy Towns Committee.

“Despite the huge volume of people that live in and visit Ennis, this large town has successfully managed to retain its unique heritage charm and tidy appearance. The adjudication panel referenced how clean Ennis was kept during this year’s Fleadh which is testament to the collaborative approach adopted by Ennis Tidy Towns, the local authority, community groups, schools, residents associations, businesses and State agencies,” he said.

Ennis was named overall winner of the ‘Gum Litter Task Force’ and ‘Can it’ awards, while the County Capital also picked up a County Award along with Kilrush and Mountshannon. Lisdoonvarna won an Endeavour Award and Bronze Medals were awarded to Quin, Ballynacally, Ballyvaughan and Tuamgraney.

Mayor Murphy paid tribute to former Tidy Towns judge, John Finn who passed away last week.

“I was delighted to hear Minister Michael Ring acknowledge John’s contribution to the competition at the awards ceremony in The Helix,” he concluded.

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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