The small village of Emly was in celebratory mood on Monday after capturing the tidiest village in Ireland award for the second time.
The gloom of the Tip hurlers defeat was lifted when Emly were announced as winners of the title at the Tidy Town national award ceremonies at the Helix in Dublin.
Two years ago Emly also won the tidiest village award as well as taking the overall Tidy Towns national title. On this occasion they were just one point off Killarney who won the overall national title.
Sharon Cunningham, Chairperson of the Emly Tidy Towns said they knew everybody in the town had put in the same hard work again to ensure standards were maintained.
“We had the work put in again this year but we never expected to win a national title again, we went up to the ceremony thinking anything we got would be a bonus,” she said.
Sharon, whose father Dennis Heffernan kick started Emly’s involvement with Tidy Towns,said everybody in the community played an important role.
“We live and breathe tidyy towns up here, everybody does their bit, its a real community effort,” said Sharon.
“We were all very disappointed after the match but this was a great lift for everybody.We received a great reception when we came home and everybody living in the village is so proud,” she said.
To win the tidiest village in Ireland national time for the second time was described as a phenomenal achievement by South Tipperary County Council Public Awareness Officer Marie Phelan.
She lauded the community spirit in Emly as one of the many contributory factors to their incredible success story.
“There are 300 people living in Emly and every one of them is involved in some way or other in this project. It is an incredible honour for them to win their second national title as the tidiest village in Ireland,” said Marie
Chairman of he Emly Tidy Towns Committee Sharon Cunningham was accompanied by the hard working members of the group to the award ceremony in Dublin on Monday.
Marie Phelan said those involved were a brilliant and dedicated group.
“All the clubs and organisations are involved and the fact that the village were awarded a Green Home Flag this year was a massive boost for the community,” she said.