The village of Birdhill (Irish: Cnocán an Éin Fhinn, or the Hill of the Fair Bird) in North / West Co. Tipperary, has beaten off stiff competition, to be named overall winner of the Tidy Towns 2017 competition, (Sponsored by SuperValu) with 332 points.
Situated just off the N7 motorway, midway between Limerick city and Nenagh, and overlooking Lough Derg; Birdhill received a double accolade by also being named ‘Ireland’s Tidiest Village’.
SuperValu Managing Director Mr Martin Kelleher paid tribute to the winners and indeed all 870 other towns and villages and their communities who had entered the competition during the current year.
Birdhill’s Tidy Town’s Committee are no strangers to community awards, with the village previously named “Tidiest Village” in the Tidy Town’s Awards in recent years; e.g. 2006, 2007, 2008 and again in 2016. They also won a gold medal in the European Entente Florale competition back in 20o7.
Tidy Towns (Irish: Bailte Slachtmhara) is an annual competition held here in Ireland, first begun back in 1958, and organised through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The overall aim of the competition is to honour the tidiest and most attractive cities, towns and villages throughout the ‘Emerald Isle’.
The Competition is judged during the summer months May – August, using independent adjudicators, who issue each town / community with a written report, latter highlighting positive advancement and offering future recommendations on how each area can further improve their immediate surroundings.
Representatives from Birdhill’s Tidy Towns Committee picked up their trophy and a cheque for €10,000 in Dublin this morning.