MILTOWN Malbay Tidy Towns Committee took top prize in the annual IPB All-Island Pride of Place Awards announced at a ceremony in The Venue, Derry on Saturday night.
They received their award in Category 3, which is for population size of between 500 and 1,000 people. County Clare also received a Livcom nomination.
Speaking about the committee, the judges said, “Social supports and linkages, formal and informal, are important for coping with stressors and improving the quality of life. This community has this down to a fine art and has developed strong linkages and co-operation between diverse agencies. The town has maximised the full potential of an annual festival, which has gone from strength to strength.
“A disused school premises has been transformed into a vibrant community resource. The private sector has shown courage and vision in developing a sizable supermarket together with other community facilities. This is a town very much on the move.”
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan joined deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness; Mayor Martin Reilly, Derry City Council, Co-operation Ireland chairman, Christopher Moran; Pride of Place Committee chairman, Tom Dowling and chairman of IPB George Jones, sponsors of the event, to present the group with their award.