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Meath village of Moynalty named Ireland’s best-kept town

The Co Meath village is Ireland’s best-kept, while there are also awards for Lismore, Cookstown and Coleraine.

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THE COUNTY MEATH village of Moynalty has been named as Ireland’s best-kept town at the 2011 Best-Kept Town awards.

The town was named the best-kept village in the country, while Lismore in Co Waterford was the best-kept small down, Cookstown in Tyrone took the gong for the best-kept large town, and Coleraine was named the best-kept large urban centre.

Announcing the winner this afternoon, junior environment minister Fergus O’Dowd said the competitions “demonstrate the great pride that people have in their communities north and south of the border.”

The all-island awards are organised jointly by the Department of the Environment and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council.

Entries are judged on criteria including cleanliness, the outward appearance of buildings, the presentation of roads and public facilities, and the natural environment.

Towns are nominated on the basis of their performance in the 2010 Tidy Towns competition.

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