Tallanstown took a gold medal, Knockbridge retained its silver, Ardee its bronze, in the National Tidy Towns finals.
Tallanstown joins Dundalk, Blackrock, and Drogheda in the gold category and Dromiskin won the regional Bring Bank award.
The judges said that once again it was a pleasure to visit Tallanstown. The village landscaping has a very colourful theme. The many floral displays and the houses provide superb colour with window boxes and hanging baskets.
As well as winning the Brink Bank award, Dromiskin was congratulated on its new Wildlife and Biodiversity Plan and the biodiversity Mapping Project of the school grounds.
Knockbridge retains its silver medal. It’s committee was described as “professional with a core committee, sub committees and volunteers for specific projects”.
Ardee also did extremely well and retained its bronze medal: a great achievement for a large central town.
Dunleer was praised for refurbishment of derelict buildings and the new Scoil Ui Mhuiri also came in for praise.
Castlebellingham also did well with praise for St. Mary’s church roadside entrance, and the Health Clinic.
The judges said it was wonderful to see Bellingham Castle Hotel in the process of redevelopment and due to reopen for business soon.
There was also high praise for the restoration of the old wall at the graveyard.
The judges also said it was a pleasure to revisit Annagassan after a period of about 15 years and to note the many changes that have taken place.
The biodiversity management plan summary was acknowledged together with the Tidy Towns plan.
The committee was described as “appropriately proactive with regard to the issue of schools within the parish area”.
The Stabannon committee’s engagement with the local primary school was highly praised. And the Facebook initiative (in its infancy) was also praised.