Ardee was named the Most Improved Town at the 2017 Louth Looking Good Awards on Thursday evening – on what was a very fruitful evening for towns and villages across Mid-Louth.
Blackrock retained it’s title as the overall winner at the awards night, held at the Crowne Plaza in Dundalk, pipping Tallanstown and Dromiskin into second and third place respectively but Ardee was boosted by the news that it had won the Most Improved Town award for 2017.
The success comes after Ardee received a silver medal in the 2017 Tidy Towns competition back in September, their best performance in over a decade.
The ceremony followed last month’s Dundalk and Drogheda Looking Good Awards and celebrates those areas outside of the two major towns in the county with Tidy Towns representatives and volunteers from across Louth in attendance.
Also in the main Town & Villages awards section, Dunleer secured the adjudicators award. Housing estate awards are always highly sought at the Louth Looking Good awards and this year was no different, with several Ardee estates in the running. De La Salle Crescent finished third in the Category D section (over 40 houses). Church View in Dromiskin won first prize in that section, ahead of Beachwood Drive/Church View in Dunleer.
Ferdia Park was given the Adjudicators Award in the same section, whilst Cappocksgate was handed a Merit Award.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Friday, local councillor Dolores Minogue paid tribute to those who had successful night. “I’m delighted for everyone, especially for Cappocksgate. It’s a relatively new estate and there’s young people and young families in it. It’s great to see them recognised for their hard work.”
There was also recognition for Reaghstown, who received an Endeavour Award on the night – alongside Baltray who also were rewarded for their efforts in 2017, a year in which the new community playground was opened at Westerns GFC. Margaret O’Brien of Stabannon Tidy Towns was runner up in the Environmentalist of the Year category.
There was also success for Sizzlers, Brian Muldoons, The Ferdia Arms, Moorehall Lodge and Moods Boutique in the shop front category.
We’ll have more from the Louth Looking Good Awards 2017 on ThisIsArdee.ie over the weekend, so be sure to keep an eye out that.