Eyeries celebrates the accolade.

EYERIES has been named the overall winner of the Ireland’s Best Kept Towns competition, 2012.

Eyeries also won the Best Kept Village category in the all-island competition.

Rita McNulty, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Environment said that the win demonstrated the great pride that people of Eyeries have in their community and the hard work carried out by volunteers.

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council initiated the Ireland’s Best Kept Towns competition in 1995 to help raise the profile of both the Tidy Towns and Northern Ireland’s Best Kept competitions, and so help to improve the standard of towns and villages across the island of Ireland.

Local Fine Gael Councillor, Jerry Sullivan also congratulated the Eyeries Tidy Town Chairman Hugh O’Neill and the Committee for “their Trojan work over the years.”

“They have been knocking on the door now for a number of years, winning the Silver Medal each year since 2006, with their first Silver medal won in 2000.

“Now they have achieved the ultimate, being selected as overall winner for 2012, an accolade that is truly deserved for the unstinting work they carry out on a daily basis”.  He went on to add his thanks to the FAS and council workers also for their part in the achievement.

“Eyeries is one of the most colourful villages in Ireland and a popular venue for film making, with films such as The Purple Taxi, Deirdre Purcell’s Falling for a Dancer, Inion an Fhiachloir to mention a few, as well as numerous advertisements,” he said.

The winners were announced at the all-island awards ceremony in the Titanic Building in Belfast.

Other winners included Broughshane, County Antrim for Best Kept Small Town, Westport, County Mayo won the Best Kept Large Town category and Coleraine, County Derry won the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category.

Mary (Frank) O’Sullivan who has been involved with the Tidy Towns Committee since its inception in the 90s, and her daughter Deirdre were in Belfast to accept the award on behalf of Eyeries.