Revealed: Carlow towns and villages perform well in Ireland's Tidiest Town competition

Bagenalstown was among the towns to receive an award

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Leighlinbridge performed very well in the competition

Listowel in Kerry may have taken the crown of Ireland's Tidiest Town but Carlow's towns and villages put in a stellar performance across the county. 

In population Category B, Clonegal won a Gold Medal Award worth €900 and the County Award for Carlow and got marks of 334 while in Category C, Leighlinbridge won the same award with marks of 331.

In Category G, Carlow Town won a silver medal award valued at €700 and received marks of 316.

Meanwhile, Bagenalstown was given an Endeavour Award valued at €500. The town got marks of 308 - which was up just over 3% on last year. 

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, said: "I also want to congratulate all of the other prize-winners announced today. 

"The work of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort results in the attractive and welcoming towns and villages we see all over the country. 

"The voluntary work that people put in to their communities brings great pride, a great sense of achievement and great camaraderie to those communities. That is why this competition has flourished for 60 years." 

Minister Ring also announced a special allocation of €1.4 million to support the work of individual Tidy Towns Committees around the country in order to mark the 60th anniversary of the event.

Here's how the Carlow entrants got on (*Note: Listowel won and got 339 marks):

CATEGORY A MARK
Clonmore 319
St Mullins 312
Rathanna 309
Ballymurphy 294
Kildavin 274

CATEGORY B MARK
Clonegal 334
Ballon 317
Myshall 305
Ardattin 304
Rathvilly 302
Fenagh 289
Tinryland 285
Ballinabranna 282
Hacketstown 258
Old Leighlin 250

CATEGORY C MARK
Leighlinbridge 331
Borris 297

CATEGORY D MARK
Tullow 315
Bagenalstown 308

CATEGORY G MARK
Carlow 316