It’s emerged that Knockcroghery in Roscommon was also omitted from this year’s Tidy Towns judging process.
It brings to seven the number of towns that missed out on a placing in this year’s competition due to what’s being put down to a technical glitch.
It was revealed yesterday that six towns, Ballinamuck in Longford, Greystones and Bray in Wicklow, Glenroe and Ballyorgan in Limerick, and Mountrath in Laois were all left out of this year’s Tidy Towns Competition.
A technical glitch was blamed, with groups confirming that they had submitted applications but the Department saying they had not received them.
Today, Shannonside FM can reveal that Knockcroghery’s entry was also not received.
In a statement to Shannonside news, the Department of Rural and Community Affairs confirmed that the committee has been able to demonstrate they had attempted to submit applications before the deadline for the competition.
It says that while there is nothing to indicate that any fault lies with the Department, it acknowledges the huge effort that goes into the Tidy Towns competition each year by local groups.
While it is not obliged to do so, it says it’s arranging for adjudications to be carried out for a small number of the areas, including Knockcroghery.
It says that in formulating their reports, adjudicators will be mindful of the fact that their assessments are taking place in October, rather than during the summer months.
Any prizes that may be due to these groups will be honored and presented to them at the regional awards ceremonies to be held later in the year.