BY JACKIE KEOGH
RATHBARRY, has been named Ireland’s Best Kept Village and Ireland’s Best Kept Town.
Deirdre Hodnett, assistant secretary of the Rathbarry Tidy Towns Committee told The Southern Star: ‘This is our third national title, having won Ireland’s Tidiest Village in the national Tidy Towns competition in 1999.’
This competition is different because it includes all 32 counties, and towns and villages can only qualify by earning the top marks in the previous year’s Tidy Towns competition.
In 2003, Rathbarry won the Best Kept Village award in this competition, but went on to take this and the overall award, Ireland’s Best Kept Town, at the ceremony on Tuesday.
Deirdre said the honour – which was 31 years in the making – would not have been possible without the incredible hard work of past and present members.
Meanwhile, Ballygurteen (between Dunmanway and Clonakilty) was also celebrating after getting top marks in this year’s ‘Anti-litter Challenge’.
It scored 299.6 out of 300 marks, with Rathbarry in third.