Skerries praised for 'high standards' as it wins tidiest town accolade
Skerries has been named Ireland's "tidiest" town.
The north county Dublin harbour town beat off competition from 858 other contenders to clinch this year's coveted award.
Birdhill in Co Tipperary won Ireland's tidiest village category.
Listowel in Co Kerry was honoured as tidiest small town for the second year running while Ennis in Co Clare clinched the award of tidiest large urban centre.
Announcing the winners at a ceremony in Dublin, Regional Economic Development Minister Michael Ring said it was a fantastic achievement for Skerries.
"This is the first time Skerries has won the overall prize," he said.
"Skerries first entered the competition in 1959 and their win today is evidence of their consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local and regional level."
Mr Ring praised the annual tidy towns competition for building strong community links.
"Tidy towns is one of the most recognisable environmental initiatives in Ireland, but tidy towns is much bigger than that, it encompasses a way of life here in Ireland, where we live our lives showing respect for our neighbours and for nature," he added.
"It is clear that working together and getting things done increases peoples' pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities.
"This is why I am delighted to see this competition continues to sustain great interest, even after 58 years."