Abbeyleix Tidy Towns has thanked the many people and supporters for winning a Gold in the National Tidy Towns Competition in 2016.
Abbeyleix was near the top of the heap in this year's contest. The judges report said that the Laois Heritage Town was not in the “premier league” of towns nationally.
In a facebook post, the committee thanked the local agencies and people who have helped achieve the medal. Abbeyleix was the top town in Laois with 324 points.
“A sincere thanks to Laois County Council Environment, Heritage & Road Sections, The Department of Social Protection, Laois Partnership and the good humoured outdoor staff for all the assistance we received in 2016 and in the past. This support has been instrumental in us achievng our success to date.
“Thanks to Noel Byrne C.E Supervisor and all our Tus workers. All of the businesses and residents who played their part in keeping the town looking it’s best throughout the year. Robbie Quinn for keeping the community and the Abbeyleix Diaspora up to date on all our activities.
“Jonathon Carty for his one man crusade on litter when most of us are tucked up in our beds. Our small group of hardworking volunteers who never miss a weekly clean up throughout the summer months and everyone else who does their bit behind the scenes.
“This list reflects the tremendous ongoing cooperation which takes place in Abbeyleix between community groups, residents, businesses, local press and Laois County Council.
“Many thanks again for all your support, it was much needed and appreciated. If you would like to become involved in our push for top honours over the coming years,” said the committee.
Local people are invited to com come to the AGM in the New Year or contact any member of the Tidy Towns committee to get involved.
“The Adjudication Report is available to view In Abbeyleix Library or online at www.leinsterexpress.ie