The judges in the national Tidy Towns competition have recommended that a larger team of volunteers be brought together in Carrick-on-Suir to improve the townâ€™s performance in the contest.
Carrick-on-Suir improved its performance in this yearâ€™s national competition by two points. The judgesâ€™ report on the townâ€™s performance points out that Carrick has great potential to do well in the competition and advises that a first step towards achieving this would be to develop a bigger committee.
The town was judged under 10 categories in the Tidy Towns contest and under eight of these the marks were the same as last year.
Carrick-on-Suir achieved one extra mark in the remaining two sections, The Built Environment and Landscaping. The town achieved achieved 264 marks out of a total of 400 in the contest.
The Built Environment report praises Davin Park and particularly the Maurice Davin statue buts states that some of the sturdy bollards in the area need painting.
It praises the three Catholic Churches as â€œsplendid and so well maintainedâ€, with special mention of the stone wall outside the Parish Church in Carrickbeg.
There is also praise for the lovely Grotto and the Oâ€™Hickey monument in Carrickbeg. The Town Hall in New Street is also praised for its appearance and attractive flowers outside.
In the Landscaping category, the judges reported that Carrick-on-Suir has reached a high standard, which was plain to be seen with wonderful landscaping in many places.
It praises the approach roads to the town and describes the townâ€™s parks as â€œa joy to beholdâ€, especially the spacious Healy Park in which it was delightful to sit in the public seating and admire the river.
The Tidy Towns judges also pointed ot the â€œneat touches of landscapingâ€ around the town with nice shrubs and flowers and many houses displaying hanging baskets and window boxes of flowers.