Portlaoise Tidy Towns committee are delighted and very proud of their Silver Medal win in the National Tidy Towns competition.
This being their 5th Silver Medal win and one bronze, the committee said they are going from strength to strength.
“Under Category G, Ireland's Tidiest Largest Urban Centre, one extra point makes a huge difference.”
The committee also point out they did very well in the recent IBAL report, coming in a joint 21st out of 40 towns - clean to European norms.
The committee would like to thank all the volunteers for their help throughout the year, also those who collected for their recent collections.
The Residents Associations, the Girl Guides who planted and painted the benches in Millview Memorial Park; the Youth Clubs and seondary schools who planted bulbs and got great satisfaction out of watching them grow around the town.
Portlaoise Midlands Prison who supplied some hanging baskets and made very impressive square planters, which are placed on streets and around the town.
To all who took part in the Three Clean up the Town Campaign, in which tonnes of rubbish were collected.
The outdoor staff of Laois County Council did tremendous work throughout the summer, planting and watering.
The roundabouts stood out very well with their colourful geraniums and the new planted tubs on the approach roads.
“Working with our litter wardens, outdoor staff and environmental staff of Laois County Council and the public, we hope to be able to eradicate our litter once and for all.
“We implore the public to be vigilant in helping to keep our town and approach roads litter free,” added Kathleen O'Brien, Secretary.