First place in the Small Estate section went to Talbot Avenue.

Tidy Towns Estate & Gardens award winners announced

The committee of Athlone Tidy Towns has announced the results of the Estate & Gardens Awards 2020. Normally in October, there is a formal awards social event, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, unfortunately, it could not be held.

However, the appointed independent adjudicators inspected all the entrants for this year’s competition and said that the standard of the estates and gardens was exceptional, and they would like to congratulate all the entrants for their endeavours.

The awards, which have been sponsored in part by Athlone-Moate Municipal District, will be sent to the following winners in the form of vouchers for the local garden centres.

1st: Iris Burke, Cypress Gardens.

2nd: Marie Louise Tumulty, Coosan Heath.

3rd: Maura Burke, Willow Green.

The following also were commended on their garden entry:- Martin Quinn and B. Cialkowska both from Old Willow Road and Johnny Joyce, Parnell Square.

Medium Gardens

1st: Anthony Lennon, Garrycastle.

2nd: John & Mary Ruane, Valleycourt.

3rd: Alice Gorman, Valleycourt.

The following were also commended on their garden entry:- Brian & Mary Keenan, Patrick & Liz Byrne and Liam and Lisa Hanlon.

1st: Talbot Avenue.

2nd: Highfield Court.

1st: Hillcourt.

2nd: Bloomfield Drive.

3rd: Valleycourt.

The following were also commended on their estate entry: Ashdale/Woodland Grove, Cloghanboy & Willow Park. The Overall best kept Estate went to Hillcourt and the Best Estate for Biodiversity went to Highfield Court.

PRO Gerry Johnson explained that the Tidy Towns committee is planning an extensive programme for 2021 and look forward to launching a three-year operational plan early next year.

"We will be an entrant for the All-Ireland Best Kept Large Town competition in addition to the National Tidy Towns Competition where we are aiming to achieve the Gold Medal Award.

“All the above entrants will play a part in presenting Athlone in good light and help the town to do well in these national competitions.

“Our Chairman John Butler would like to thank all who entered the competition and to congratulate all the winners," he said.

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