Awards

The committee was formed in 1998 and has gone from strength to strength over the years. Many newcomers to the area are involved and have joined with more settled residents in putting their time, money and energy into the maintenance and care of Clonegal.
Clonegal has indeed accrued a fine list of achievements over the years. These include:

............Represented Ireland and Carlow in Washington D.C. in Nations in Bloom in 2000.
...........6 bronze medals in Tidy Towns Competition.
............3 silver medals
.............Pride of place
.............Floral pride
............1st Carlow village to win national Pride of Place
.............Won Litter Action League on 5 separate occasions
............Won gold medal in 2010 (3rd in Ireland's tidiest village, 5 points behind the winners Tallanstown)
............Won gold medal in 2011 (4 points behind the winners Emily, Tipperary)
............Won gold medal in 2012 (4 points behind the winners Abbeyshrule in Co. Longford)
.............Pride of Place 2012: Two awards. Environment strategy - best bring bank; also joint second in population category 500-1000.
.............Won gold medal 2013 (details below)
.............Awarded Gold in the Entente Florale European Competition 2013 (details below) Click here
..............Clonegal Overall Winners of Carlow Local Authorities Pride of Place Awards 2013 (details below) Click here
..............Certificate awarded to Clonegal in recognition of the valuable contribution / participation in the "Gathering 2013" (photos below). Click here
............Awarded "Tidiest Village in Ireland 2014" in the Tidy Towns Competition. Also awarded Gold for the 5th year in succession (details below).
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.............Awarded "Tidiest Village in Ireland 2015" and the Regional Award in the Tidy Towns Competition. 6th Gold medal in 6 successive years
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..........Awarded a Gold Medal in the Tidy Towns Competition 2016 for the 7th successive year. Also the County Award.

 
New members are always welcome and volunteers are greatly appreciated.



Tidy Towns Results for 2012:

Gold Medal for Clonegal
Clonegal Tidy Village Committee secured another Gold Medal in the Tidy Towns Competition for 2012. Congratulations to all the committee and volunteers who gave their energy, dedication and expertise to achieve the top marks in Carlow - a massive 308 just 4 points behind the overall winners Abbeyshrule in Co. Longford. The village was in pristine condition all summer even though our weather was not conducive to working outdoors but the committee and volunteers braved the elements to have our village looking its best.
Thank you to everyone involved in achieving a third Gold Medal; the people of Clonegal are so proud to be once again the overall winners in Carlow.

For a detailed breakdown of the all results please click below:
To view the adjudicator's report please click here


4 years in a row – Clonegal is awarded “Gold”
2013
It was announced in the Helix Theatre in Dublin on Monday 9th September 2013 that Clonegal once again achieved another “Gold Medal” in the Tidy Towns Competition. The Clonegal Tidy Village Association is thrilled with the result. To be awarded 4 “Gold Medals” in 4 successive years is truly a great achievement. Great credit is due to all the members of the Tidy Village Association who worked so hard throughout the summer to have the village looking in pristine condition. Also great tribute must be paid to the entire community who supported all the work with painting, planting, digging, weeding, providing lunches and lots more. “4 in a Row” is a culmination of all the work and development that has taken place in Clonegal over the last 20 years. Thank you to everyone.
To view the Adjudication Report please click here


Clonegal awarded "Gold" in Europe 2013



The Clonegal group with Carlow County Council officials pictured at the Awards Ceremony in Nieuwpoort, Belgium,
Friday 27th September 2013


The Community in Clonegal is ecstatic at the award of a Gold medal in Europe. Clonegal represented Ireland (Village Category) in the Entente Florale Competition across 11 European countries. The community in Clonegal reached a very high standard and is very proud of what has been achieved. Clonegal was honoured to have represented Ireland and is so please to have done the very best for our country. Gold could never have been achieved without the support, encouragement and direction of the Community & Enterprise Department of Carlow County Council, under the Leadership of Director of Services Bernie O'Brien and her team including Anna Byrne & Jannette O'Brien. A thank you is also due to the Community in Clonegal, Tidy Village Association and the Steering Committee for all the hard work in preparation for the great event.

To view the assessment Report please click here
To view the Entente Florale results please click here

To view a selection of photos of the Entente Florale Day in Clonegal please click here



Clonegal Overall Winners of Carlow Local Authorities Pride of Place Awards 2013
 



Winners of Category A … Population category <500
Clonegal community carried out all the work they said they would do and to a high standard.
Winners of the “Streets Award”
Main Street wins this award for being clean and free from litter, for its upkeep of buildings, walls, kerbs, street furniture and for its planting schemes that suit the architecture and rural nature of the village.
Winners of the “Colour me beautiful” award
For the colourful mural on wall at St. Brigid’s School and for keeping the old water pumps in village painted, and for the colourful displays of permanent plants.
St Fiaac’s Church won the “Butt Out” war on cigarette butt litter campaign
St. Fiaac’s church in addition to their litter warden keeping a sign out for butts have also bravely instigated a no smoking policy within the church grounds – very effective.
Clonegal National School were runner up in the County Schools Category
Johnny Dunne’s Pub… (Sean O'Duinn )…. Was runner up in the Business Category




Presentation of Certificate in recognition of Clonegal's participation in the "Gathering 2013"



L to R:
Des Hurley; Marie Byrne; Catheryn Thomas

 

L to R:
Marjorie Murphy; Margo Corbally; Marie Byrne;
Mary O'Neill Moloney.

Above photos courtesy of Carlow Tourism

Clonegal Tidiest Village in Ireland 2014
The entire community and Tidy Village Association are delighted with the announcement that Clonegal is the Tidiest Village in Ireland 2014. It was announced at the awards ceremony in the Helix Theatre in Dublin on Monday 8th September. On hand to present the prizes were Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Mr. Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s main sponsor for the 23rd year. Clonegal also was awarded a "Gold" medal making it the 5th Gold medal in five successive years. Clonegal Tidy Village Association wish to thank the whole community for their support in achieving this prestigious award. A lot of hard work was done in preparation for the competition to have the village in perfect condition and the committee wish to thank everyone involved.
To view / download the Adjudication Report please click here

 

Above photos courtesy of Carlow County Council


Clonegal – Tidiest Village in Ireland 2015
Clonegal Tidy Village Association is delighted to retain the title Tidiest Village in Ireland for a second year in succession. A lot of hard work went in to the preparation for this year’s competition. Tidy Village Association wishes to thank the community, businesses and school for their on-going support. The announcement was made on Monday 28th September 2015 in the Helix Theatre, Dublin. On hand to present the prizes was Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Mr. Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s main sponsor for the 24th year.
To view / download the Adjudication Report please click here

Clonegal overall winner in Carlow Pride of Place
Congratulations to Clonegal Tidy Village Association for its success in the Carlow Pride of Place competition. It was announced on Thursday 22nd October 2015 in the Lord Bagenal Inn, Leighlinbridge, that Clonegal was the overall winner of Carlow Pride of Place 2015. Clonegal was also awarded the best village in the category (250 – 750 population). Clonegal also achieved the No. 1 award in the “Street Category”. Main Street, Clonegal, was judged as the most beautiful street in Carlow. In the “Estate Category”, Moyacomb Meadows was 2nd in the awards for small estates (less than 40 houses). Clonegal Tidy Village Association would like to thank everyone who helped and supported in any way to achieve all these awards.

St. Brigid’s National School takes Top Award
Clonegal National School was awarded “Best School” in the Pride of Place competition. Congratulations to the teachers, staff, parents, pupils and Board of Management for their work, commitment and dedication, to make Clonegal National School the great school it is. The community in Clonegal is very proud of its school and is very honoured with all its achievements.

 

Above photos courtesy of Nicola Gray