Members of Cobh Tidy Towns celebrate their third gold medal in a row.

Cobh and Youghal Tidy Towns groups both won gold in their respective categories at this year’s Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony this past Monday, 25 September.
It was another successful year for East Cork’s various Tidy Towns groups at the awards ceremony held at the Helix in Dublin, with Cobh leading the way with its third gold in a row.
The latest gold medal is the third added to Cobh Tidy Towns haul in recent years, which includes three silver wins and a bronze. Cobh, competing in Category F (population size between 10,001 and 15,000), improved on last year’s points total of 317 to win gold with 323 points.
A statement released by Cobh Tidy Towns read: “It has taken years of persistence, planning and hard work but we are delighted with today's news in Dublin that Cobh has been awarded our 3rd Gold Medal in the National Tidy Towns Competition in Category F. The result comes about having submitted an extensive report covering work undertaken in Cobh from June 2016 to June 2017 and an unannounced visit from an adjudicator over the summer months.”
The Statement thanked all the local groups and individuals for their hard work in supporting the efforts of Cobh Tidy Towns, before concluding: “You can see the third gold medal is a community collaboration. We achieved 323 points only nine behind the winning town Birdhill. We came 3rd in South Cork Region after Ballincollig at 327 and Kinsale at 324. The National Title is within our grasp. Onwards and upwards for Cobh. Thank you.”
Youghal Tidy Towns won their first gold medal in Category E (population between 5,001 and 10,000) by beating their score last year by seven points to finish on 318 points.
“We won gold for the first time,” said Ned Brennan, Chairman of Youghal Tidy Towns. “We got 311 points so we were up six from last year. We are absolutely delighted to have reached that level now. There is a great amount of cooperation in Youghal between Youghal Tidy Towns, Cork County Council, the East Cork Municipality and the Chamber of Commerce. Everybody worked hard together and we are delighted to have achieved this award.”
The National Award winner was Birdhill in Co. Tipperary with 332 marks, winning both the trophy and €10,000. This year proves that Youghal, as well as Cobh, are within range to compete for the National Award during next year’s competition.
“I would like to pay tribute to my volunteer colleagues in Tidy Towns,” said Mr Brennan, “who worked selflessly for 29 years in pursuit of a National Tidy Towns title for Youghal. We are seven or eight points away from that now. I hope everyone now comes together with the goal of bringing the national title to Youghal.”
It was a marked improvement across the board for East Cork’s Tidy Towns groups. Killeagh Tidy Towns beat their previous score by five points, Mogeely topped 2016’s score of 258 with a score of 265 and Cloyne improved by ten points this year to finish on 263 points.
Carrigtwohill Tidy Towns’ hard work paid off with a great improvement of 12 points for this year. Inch moved up from 234 to 245, and Ladysbridge scored 292 – beating their 2016 total by nine points.