Rathbarry is Ireland’s best kept town 2017

Rathbarry celebrating with Kenmare Tidy Towns Who won Small Town Category

THIRTY six years of hard work came to fruition for the people of Rathbarry when the village was crowned “Ireland’s Best Kept Town for 2017” recently. The Presentation of Awards was held in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Community and Rural Affairs paid tribute to each of the category winners and also to the other towns that had been nominated for awards. The Minister congratulated all of the winners and nominees in this year’s competition, and in particular to Rathbarry for winning the overall title. Indeed in conversation with Minister Ring while photographs were been taken it was discovered that he had attended a wedding in St. Michaels Church in recent years and he himself was very impressed with the village.

When Breda Hodnett, Secretary received a letter from The Department in January last informing her “that arising from Rathbarry’s excellent performance in last year’s National Tidy Towns Competition, the town has qualified to participate in Ielands Best Kept Towns Competition for 2017 for the village award” never in her wildest dream did she think Rathbarry would win the overall title! She reminded the newer committee members that this is not the first time Rathbarry has qualified for this 32 Counties competition having won the Village Category back in 2003.

The Committee wish to acknowledge everyone who has helped over the last thirty six years. A special word of thanks to all the past members as the committee is well aware that awards like this don’t happen overnight, it is a long process of continuous hard work & dedication on a voluntary basis. Huge word of thanks extended to the wider Community, Rathbarry National School, Coillte, Cork Co.Council and Clonakilty Community Employment Scheme for the ongoing commitment to Rathbarry Tidy Towns. The Committee also pays tribute to the deceased members who paved the way.

So with the judging of the Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition currently taking place the people of Rathbarry are not going to sit back on their “Laurels”. It’s all systems go with daily litter picks ups, weekly clean up nights and lots of events being organized to get the whole community involved. With the launch of the new Brochure & Map of Trails, Walks and Places of interest, Display of the Rathbarry Lace Dress, Nature walks and picnic with Ted Cooke for National Heritage Week in August there is something for everyone to be enjoyed in Rathbarry this summer.


  1. Voted best kept town by whom? I thought the Tidy Towns judging was still on going. Could you please clarify? Thank you and well done.

  2. Irelands Best Kept Towns Competition is an all-island initiative organised jointly by The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional and Gaelteacht Affairs & the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (so 32 counties – North and South involved). Participation is based on a town’s performance in the National Tidy Towns or the Northern Amenity Council’s ‘Best Kept Awards’ in the previous year. A Village or Town is selected to be in the competition. Adjudication takes place during the month of May and is based on criteria similar to that of the Tidy Towns Competition. Presentation of Buildings, Appearance of Approach Roads, Streets & Public areas, Presentation of Natural Environment, Presentation of Immediate Residential Areas and Tidiness are all taken into account during the adjudication process. Rathbarry received a letter from the Dept in January as outlined above. yes indeed the SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition in currently being judged.