THE LONGFORD VILLAGE named Ireland’s tidiest place on Monday has been awarded another honour this evening, a Gold Medal Award at the prestigious European Entente Florale Competition.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan congratulated Abbeyshrule on its achievements this week, stating that it should be very proud.
The results of the European-wide contest were announced at a special ceremony in Venlo, the Netherlands this evening. Delegates from Clonmel in Tipperary will be celebrating too as the town received a Silver Medal Award.
Twenty-two villages and towns from eleven countries participated in the competition. The candidates are generally chosen from among the top performers in the relevant categories in nationals. Judges examine the quality of road surfaces, colour schemes of houses and the planting of open spaces, as well as the standard of public amenities.
According to the Department of the Environment, Entente Florale, with its special emphasis on the improvement of the quality of life for urban and rural communities in an environmentally sensitive way, echoes the philosophy in Ireland’s own SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition.