DE Burca’s Pub on Catedral Street in Thurles has won this year’s Best Shopfront award in North Tipperary County Council’s Environmental Awards. The overall award in thte Tiobraid Alainn section went to Cloughjordan Tidy Towns
The awards ceremony was held in the Civic Offices, Nenagh, and included winners from primary schools, Tidy Towns and Villages groups, national Pride of Place nominees, Burial Ground committees and businesses.
The awards have a prize fund of over €10,000, and North Tipperary County Council hopes the awards will encourage communities who are making improvements year on year to improve their local environment.
“The Environmental Awards is a great competition, promoting good community spirit and an awareness of environmental issues at local level,” said North Tipperary’s Mayor Michael O’Meara.
“Without the hard work and dedication of these committees, schools and individuals within our communities, our local heritage and environment would be significantly depleted,” he said.
He also commended the hard work of all the Tidy Towns and Villages groups throughout the county who have been going from strength to strength in the national Tidy Towns competition.
According to Deirdre Cox, North Tipperary County Council environmental awareness officer, the competition is a great opportunity for the communities.
“We encourage all communities who are working hard all year at improving their local environment to enter the competition and get some recognition for their efforts” she said. “This is a great opportunity to reward local communities for their hard work throughout the year. We can only improve our environment if we all work in partnership with each other.”
In particular, Mayor O’Meara congratulated Birdhill and Cloughjordan eco village who excelled in the IPB National Pride of Place All Island Competition which is organised by Cooperation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities across the country.
The competition is directed towards recognising the improvements of local communities to create civic pride in their area and it encourages people to come together to enjoy all that is good about their area as well as change or improve certain aspects of their community.
Two groups were nominated for awards this year by North Tipperary County Council, Birdhill and Cloughjordan eco village. These groups represented North Tipperary in the national awards ceremony in Limerick. irdhill took top prize in category 3 for populations between 500 and 1,000. It was announced that Birdhill and Cloughjordan eco village have also been nominated for the 2013 International Livcom Competition.
The following awards were presented in the North Tipperary Environmental Awards 2012:
Nenagh electoral area: 1. Lorrha National School; 2. Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan
Newport electoral area: 1. Birdhill National School; 2. Silvermines National School
Templemore electoral area: 1. Drom National School; 2. St Cronan’s National School
Thurles electoral Area: 1. Rahealty National School; 2. Inch National School
Overall winner: Carrig National School, Birr
1. De Burca’s Pub, Thurles; 2. Carrig Stores
Pride of Place
Cloughjordan Eco Village; Birdhill Village
Best Burial Grounds
Nenagh electoral area: 1. Carrig (Birr); 2. Borrisokane Church of Ireland; 3. Kilbarron New
Newport Electoral area: 1. Castletown; 2. Youghalarra; 3. Glenkeen
Templemore electoral area: 1. Templetuohy; 2. Rathnavogue; 3. Templeree
Thurles electoral area: 1. St Kevin’s Littleton; 2. Kilvalure; 3. Moyaliffe
Nenagh electoral area: 1. Terryglass Improvements Association; 2. Lorrha Development Association; 3. Kilbarron Development Association
Newport electoral area: 1. Birdhill Tidy Towns; 2. Ballina Tidy Towns; 3. Killoscully Development Association
Templemore electoral area: 1. Roscrea Tidy Towns; 2. Clonmore Development Committee; 3. Templetuohy Tidy Village
Thurles electoral area: 1. Holycross Development Association; 2. Inch / Bouladuff / The Ragg; 3. Upperchurch / Drombane
Overall winner: Cloughjordan Tidy Towns