Milltown has won the overall county award for Galway in the annual TidyTowns competition.
The village also won a silver medal worth €700 to add to the €1,000 award for the county category.
Abbey, Loughrea, also picked up a silver medal along with a Highly Commended award worth €800 in the county section.
Meanwhile, Monivea was Commended in the county competition, picking up an award worth €500.
Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs Sean Canney said: “These are great achievements for our communities.
“The TidyTowns competition has been a terrific initiative over the years and I want to commend all those that entered. The standard was very high and all our county entrants received good marks.”
The categories are based on population. In Category A, Abbey came first with Monivea second and Lawrencetown fourth.
In Category B, Milltown was first, Clarinbridge was second, Woodford was sixth, Kinvara tenth and Headford 12th, while in Category C Portumna was fourth and Claregalway fifth.
Gort was second in Category D, while in Category E Athenry was first, Tuam was third and Loughrea was fifth.
Minister Canney added: “It is great that all these communities, towns and villages make a huge effort every year to enter the competition. I want to thank all the TidyTowns Committees for their work, which does so much to enhance our environment from year to year.
“I am also delighted that my colleague, the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring TD, has announced €1.4 million in funding to support the work of the TidyTowns Committees around the country.
For more information, contact Minister Canney on 086-2513639
September 30 2019