Ennis Tidy Towns celebrated the announcement that Ennis was awarded Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre Award for the second year in succession. The announcement was made at the National Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony presentation at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham on Monday, September 7th in front of 500 invited guests.
” Winning this award is a huge achievement for a town the size of Ennis. We are in a highly competitive category. This accolade is testimony to the hard work and commitment of our committee, Town Council and our fantastic community. Great credit must be given to all those who work tirelessly to ensure our town is looking its best”, stated Noel Crowley, Chairman of the Ennis Tidy Towns.
The adjudication process involves a number of visits to Ennis and all aspects of the town are judged under a total of 10 categories including Overall Development Approach, The Built Environment, landscaping, Wildlife and natural Amenities, Litter Control, Waste minimization, Tidiness, Residential Areas, Roads, Streets and Back Areas and finally the General Impression section. The competition is organised by the TidyTowns Unit at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and sponsored by SuperValu.
Judges congratulated Ennis on the overall presentation of the town and paid particular praise to the high quality and co-ordination of the various colours and textures in the numerous floral displays and flowerbeds around the town and approach roads. The high level of litter control and presentation of residential areas was also noted and the Ennis Sculpture Trail Initiative received high praise. The judges were particularly impressed with the presentation of shop fronts and commended the businesses on their efforts.
Ennis was also awarded a Gold medal, The Regional Award and The Gum Litter Award. The TidyTowns Gum Litter Task Force Award is a special competition sponsored by The Gum Litter Task Force to recognise local bodies and groups that are working to eliminate gum litter, enabling best practices and novel successful approaches that could be highlighted and embraced by other communities.