Mayor welcomes Kerry’s Tidy Towns success

Released: 09 September 2013

Mayor of Kerry Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald has welcomed the fantastic results that Kerry towns received in the 2013 Tidy Towns Awards, which were announced in The Helix, Dublin on Monday, 09 September 2013.

Killarney was named as Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Kenmare received the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. In addition, Listowel and Tralee were awarded Gold Medals in their categories, along with Kenmare and Killarney. Sneem won a Silver Medal, with Bronze Medals going to Portmagee and Knightstown.

Tralee and Kenmare were also honoured in the Tourism Award Sector, while Kilgarvan captured an Endeavour Award and Portmagee Tidy Towns won a Bring Bank Award.

“As Mayor of Kerry, I am delighted to see the success that Kerry towns enjoyed in the 2013 Tidy Towns Awards. It continues the success that Kerry towns have had over the past number of years in the national competition,” Mayor Fitzgerald stated.

“To have both the overall winners of the Tidiest Large and Small Towns is unprecedented, and for Killarney to be only a single point away from the Overall Award two years after last winning it, shows that they haven’t rested on their laurels.”

The Mayor pointed to the importance of the tourism sector to Kerry, and praised all those who play their part in keeping Kerry tidy. “The importance of tourism to the economy of this county means that we all have to put our shoulder to the wheel in keeping Kerry looking clean and presentable to visitors and locals alike,” he said.

“The effort by teams of volunteers around the county, who work hand in hand with Council staff, is crucial to our continued success in the Tidy Towns Awards and recent IBAL Awards. In addition, the work that goes on in our primary and second level schools by teachers and by Kerry County Council’s Environmental Awareness Officer Micheal Ó Coilean in promoting litter awareness and green issues ensures that our young people have the right mindset in keeping their communities and their county clean.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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