Abbey Tidy Towns

From Untidiest Village to Bronze Medal Winner

Frances Holohan

Abbey has being participating in the Tidy Towns competition since the early 1970s. Muintir na Tire decided to enter the Tidy Towns competition as it was a great opportunity to focus the community on the importance of keeping the village tidy.  The competition also offered an incentive to improve the appearance of the village.  However in the 1971 competition Abbey was adjudicated the untidiest town in Ireland and so Muintir na Tire was aware that it had a long road ahead if the village was to make an impact in the competition.  Those involved at the time deserve great credit for their perseverance and for continuing to enter the competition annually.

Bronze Medal Award 2013 – Photo F Holohan

Needless to say it was a great achievement in more recent years to be adjudicated the tidiest town in County Galway and for 7 out of the 10 years ie from 2005 to 2014 Abbey received the highest marks in County Galway.

Celebrating Abbey’s Tidy Towns win in 2005 – left to right: Ann Lynch, Frances Holohan, Mary Blake, Mary Hynes, Olive Burke, Ann Fallon, Mary Daniels and Julie Roche.  Photo courtesy Hany Marzouk.

Since then, Abbey Tidy Towns has been second in county Galway and in addition Abbey has achieved a Bronze medal award in each of the years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

This page was added on 10/02/2015.

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