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Press Release - Kildare Tidy Towns

Kildare Tidy Towns groups continue to improve

At the national Tidy Towns 2015 ceremony at the Helix (Monday, 28th September), Kildare towns and villages performed very well. With gold medals for Straffan and Naas, silver medals for Celbridge, Kill, Leixlip, Maynooth, Newbridge and Rathangan (up from three last year) and a bronze medal for Clane, it is clear that Kildare is keeping in touch with the best in the country.

The county winner (based on the most points overall) was Straffan with 317 points, Naas was highly commended on 314 points and Kill was commended on 310 points. Given that Letterkenny received 323 points, it is a great credit to these towns to have done so well.

In other awards, Kilmeague was the winner in the Endeavour category (for the biggest increase in points from last year). Kilmeague went from 200 to 219 marks in one year - a wonderful endorsement of the work this committee has done recently.

Agatha McGarr from Naas and Marian Cawley from Maynooth were both honoured in the Tidy Towns Heroes awards for exceptional contributions to their towns.

Maynooth also picked up an award for water conservation in the Value Water award (sponsored by Irish Water), while Newbridge gained an award in the Tree Project competition (sponsored by the Tree Council of Ireland).

Overall, Kildare entrants increased their marks by 7%, and this is consistent with improvements in the last number of years.

Kildare County Council wishes to congratulate each and every one of the 36 entrants to the competition and we look forward to working with them over the next twelve months.

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