The tiny Tipperary village of Birdhill was this Monday annouced as Ireland's tidiest village in this year's National Tidy Towns awards.
The picturesque village has now won the award for the fourth time, having previously lifted it in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
And the village was just one point off being overall winner, trailing Skerries in County Dublin by 327 to 326 points.
“It's nice to come back, even though we have been working away down the years,” Denis Floyd, chair of Birdhill Tidy Towns told the Tipperary Star after the ceremony.
Denis put the win down to hard work, planning and having people involved with different expertise.
Birdhill was congratulated on its win by TDs Alan Kelly and Jackie Cahill and Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune.
Deputy Kelly said Birdhill's award was an “incredible achievemenet”.
He also praised all the Tipperary towns, saying: “"I am delighted to see so many Tipperary towns, villages and personalities receiving awards today. These awards are an acknowledgement to all the volunteers for their hard work and commitment in keeping their communities clean.”
Deputy Cahill said: “Birdhill have been top dogs in the national Tidy Town’s competitions for nearly a decade, and they continue to do Tipperary proud.”
Ms Clune said that the people of Birdhill had worked hard for this award and said “I would like to pay particular tribute to the organising committee”.
Meanwhile, Tipperary towns and villages fared well this year, with former national winner Terryglass taking a gold medal on 324 points, three behind Skerries. Silvermines took silver while Roscrea and Nenagh took bronze in their category.
In South Tipperary, Clonmel and Emly took gold on 325 points, with Kilsheelan taking silver.
The following are the results for the Tipperary twons and villages who took part in the National Tidy Towns 2016:
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