The most recent study by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has shown further improvement in the cleanliness of Irish towns, with Clonmel deemed Clean to European Norms in 6th position in the country, retaining its status from last year.
An Taisce, who carried out the survey, commented on Clonmel: "Congratulations – well done. Clonmel is edging closer to the top. O'Connell Street was equal first among the shopping streets in the survey. Clonmel scored well in IBAL Survey 1, 2010 and this high standard has been sustained. Some of the top ranking sites included O'Connell Street, Mitchel Street, Ss Peter and Paul's CBS School and Oakville Shopping Centre. These sites were not only clear of litter but very well presented and maintained."
To mark its top ten position, Clonmel will receive a number of birch trees for planting locally. These are provided by the Irish Tree Centre, an IBAL member based in Cork.
The only other Tipp town surveyed, Nenagh, was judged to be littered in 49th position of 53 towns surveyed.