Donegal well-represented at Tidy Towns Awards

Donegal has been well represented at the North West and West Regional Tidy Towns Awards presentation, with six areas of the county being awarded medals and two others receiving commendations.

Presenting the awards last night, Minister Michael Ring announced a special grants package was being introduced to mark the fact that next year represents the competition's 60th anniversary.

The inaugural competition in 1958 was won by Glenties.

What's been described as Donegal's proud history in the Tidy Towns Competition was maintained last night when Gold Medals were presented to Buncrana and Letterkenny. Silver Medals to Glenties and Malin and Bronze Medals to Carrigart and Raphoe.

Letterkenny was the Donegal winner, Glenties was Highly Commended, Buncrana was Commended and the Endeavour Award was presented to Kerrykeel.

Carrigart was joint winner of the Gaeltacht Award, along with Belmullet in County Mayo, Carrigart was also Highly Commended in the Waste Prevention Category.

The special 'Lets Ge Buzzing' Pollinator Award was presentred to Buncrana, while Culdaff was Highly Commended in the Waters & Communities category.

Presenting the awards last night in Westport, Minister Michael Ring announced a special €1.4 million grant scheme for Tidy Towns committees that will enable each committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 in recognition of the competition’s 60th anniversary in 2018.