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Revealed: Northern Ireland's best kept city, towns and villages

Northern Ireland's Best Kept City, Town and Village have been announced at an awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday.

Co Antrim village Ahoghill has clinched the top prize in the 60th anniversary year of the awards.

The village won the ‘Best of the Best’ title, with judges citing the evident enthusiasm of residents and traders working in tandem as a key factor in the success.  

Ahoghill also won the ‘Large Village’ category for the second year in a row.

Judges commended the village's "impressive special features" such as the Community Garden and site of the Old Creamery.

Organised by the NI Amenity Council, the initiative identifies and celebrates Northern Ireland’s best looked-after towns, villages, schools, health and social care facilities and housing areas.

Doreen Muskett, President of the NI Amenity Council and daughter of the late Professor Arthur Muskett OBE, who founded the initiative, said: “Ahoghill impressed our judges with a huge variety of floral decorations, with a lot of dedication and effort put into their maintenance.

"A number of areas in the village were sponsored by local businesses and it was a wonderful example of how business and community can work together."

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Joe Mahon, Patron of the NI Amenity Council, Michelle Hatfield, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility at George Best Belfast City Airport, and Doreen Muskett MBE, President of the NI Amenity Council, present Ahoghill representative Trevor Logan of the Ahoghill Traders Association, with the ‘Best of the Best’ title at the NI Amenity Council Best Kept Awards.

Elsewhere, Derry/Londonderry won the Best Kept City prize, with Banbridge the winners in the Large Town category.

Armagh claimed the Medium Town title, with Randalstown named the Best Kept Small Town and Castlecaulfield lifting the Small Village award.

The Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards is the final ceremony of the wider Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards initiative, which has already recognised schools and healthcare facilities.

First established in 1957, the competition has grown over the years and now includes 90 awards across a number of categories.

2017 Best Kept City, Towns, Villages and Housing Areas winners:


  • City - Derry/Londonderry
  • Large Town - Banbridge
  • Medium Town - Armagh
  • Small Town - Randalstown
  • Large Village - Ahoghill
  • Small Village - Castlecaulfield


  • City - Belfast
  • Large Town - Omagh
  • Medium Town - Cookstown
  • Small Town - Moira
  • Large Village - Cullybackey
  • Small Village - Donaghmore

Housing Areas

  • Sheltered Housing Area - Donard Fold, Newcastle
  • Small Housing Area - Lismore Drive, Donaghmore
  • Medium Housing Area - Blackstone Park, Magheramason
  • Large Housing Area - Merville Garden Village

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