28/06/2018

Randalstown Named Overall Winner In Best Kept Town Competition

Randalstown in County Antrim has been named the overall winner of Ireland's Best kept Town Competition.

The award was announced at an event in Belfast this week, where Banbridge, County Down, was also named in the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category.

Doreen Muskett, MBE, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, the body that organised the Best Kept Awards, said: "The competition is designed to reward those who take great pride in their communities by working tirelessly to make their surroundings a nice place to work, live and play in.
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"My sincere congratulations to all of this year's awards recipients. The panel of esteemed judges had a very difficult task in comparing and selecting the eventual winners, which is a testament to the stunning towns and villages that we are lucky enough to have here. I am delighted that Randalstown and Banbridge have been recognised amongst Ireland's most beautiful spots."

Ballina in County Mayo was also announced as the winner of Ireland's Best Kept Town, while Geashill, Co Offaly was named Best Kept Village.

Congratulating the winners, Ireland's Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, said: "I want to congratulate all of the winners and nominees in the all-island Best Kept Town competition … I want to pay tribute to Randalstown, Co. Antrim, the overall winner of Ireland's Best Kept Town, and Banbridge, Co. Down, the winner of the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category.

"The all-island Best Kept Town Competition recognises the great pride people have in their own communities, both in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It shows how local volunteers take ownership of their surroundings and work to improve them, both for now and into the future."

(MH/LM)

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