Laois did not make it to the winners rostrum in the annual Tidy Towns awards this year, but there were medals and other commendations for the hard work done by hard working volunteers.
Abbeyleix topped the list of Laois towns this year.
The heritage town received 324 marks which yielded the prize of top spot in the county. Abbeyleix was also given a Value Water Award.
Consistent Castletown, a former Tidy Towns national winner, was second in Laois with 316 marks, with Ballacolla a close third with 315 points.
Castletown was also highly commended by the judges while Clonaslee won a bronze medal in the national competiton. Ballacolla, with 315 points, was third in the county.
Portlaoise won a silver medal in the nation competition in the big town category.
Meanwhile, Camross won an endeavour award for efforts made.
A total of 20 Laois towns and villages entered the Tidy Towns Awards this year. Other points were awarded as as follows: Attanagh 258, Borris-in-Ossory 285, Clonaslee 314, Clough 277, Cullohill 270, Durrow 306, Emo 303, Killasmeestia 276, Killenard 280, Mountmellick 276, Mountrath 272, Portarlington 264, Shanahoe 249, Spink 254, and Stradbally 296.
Skerries, Co Dublin is Ireland’s Tidiest Town ouf of the 859 towns and villages throughout the country that entered this year’s SuperValu National TidyTowns competition.
Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village.
Other winners included Listowel, Co Kerry, receiving the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town for the second year.
Skerries also received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Ennis Co Clare was declared as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.
Meanwhile, Portlaoise Tidy Towns volunteers braved the atrocious weather last weekend as part of their third Tidy up the Town iniative.
“Despite atrocious weather conditions, up to one tonne of rubbish was collected and delivered to the landfill,” said volunteer Gerry Browne.
Some of our volunteers did a clean up on Thursday and Friday.
“A big thank you to everyone who has helped to keep the town looking so well. This is an ongoing campaign,
and everyone's help is greatly appreciated by Portlaoise Tidy Towns,” said Mr Browne.
Thanks were also extended to Mark Bergin, John Ging, John Rogers and everyone in Laois County. Council for their ongoing support.