The local Tidy Town Committee, with the assistance of outside adjudication, has shortlisted the names for this years Local Awards under the many headings below. The local awards will hopefully spark further interest in the work of the committee and help improve the performance in the national competition. The town has looked exceptionally good this year and everyone’s efforts have been handsomely rewarded with a gold medal again this year. A detailed analysis of this years results has shown just how successful Carrickmacross is in this competition. There were 849 entries in total in the 2014 national competition. Carrick came an overall 15th position which means our town is in the top 1.75% of the competition.
This is a considerable achievement considering that the town was 37th and in the top 4% last year. More importantly, the town is now only six points behind the 2014 Overall Winner, Kilkenny. This strong consistent performance over the 30 years means Carrickmacross is well placed to challenge for a Category Award in the next few years but the committee is under no illusion that such an achievement is going to require a massive community effort and a large amount of co-operation from the business and residential communities, the new municipal authority, schools and other bodies and the committee has no reason to believe that such support for pride in our town will not be found wanting. The Tidy Town Committee kicks of the 2015 campaign in the coming weeks with the Local Awards Evening on 25th September in the Workhouse and a Public Meeting in early October.
The shortlist for the 2014 Awards from which the winners will be announced at the function is as follows:
Best Kept School Grounds Patrician High School
St Josephs N.S.
Best Residential Area
Most Improved Area
St Macartans Villas/ Convent View
Best Hanging Baskets
No. 16 Cuchulainn Terrace
Breda Rooney Beech Drive
Best Window Box Display
Allied Irish Bank
Best Presented Business Premises Large
Shirley Arms Hotel
Best Presented Business Premises Small
John Joe Cunningham
New Shop Front Award
Best Floral Display
Olive Mc Cartney, Ardee Rd.
Best Private Garden
Francie Mc Givney,
Michael Mc Caghey
Endeavour Award To be announced at Awards