The 2016 awards winners were
Oakridge - a return to form for Oakridge which was praised for meticulous presentation by the judges, Oakridge pipped the old world charm of Kilnacloy and the new look of Woodlands which the judges stated has great potential. The litter free nature of estates on judging day was noted
Best Estate Entrance:
The Corran – as always the entrance to the Corran looked superb on judging day, they beat Belgium Park and Tully.
Best Shop Front:
House of Labels
The judges couldn’t make their minds up between the traditional charm and tasteful colour choices of Albany and the innovative look of House of Labels on the Diamond
An Poc Fada – The colour scheme and the tasteful temporary murals were much admired by the judges, narrowly pipping the Squealing Pigs much admired colour choices and flourishing window boxes.
Best Business Front:
Monaghan Shopping Centre – neat, tidy, functional and attractive, fences painted up to date, grassed areas tidy, bollards and street furniture neat. Great attention to detail.
Four Seasons Hotel – the judges admired the extensive landscaping and use of colour at the front of the hotel. Spotless on the day of judging
The Meadows B&B – an attractive and colourful welcoming house on the Dublin approach
Best Restaurant or Take Away
Neighbourhood – judges loved the subtle and classy use of heritage colours
Best Floral Display
The Hive – the judges said that the red begonias were to die for!
The County Museum – much admired for the quality of its presentation, the blue metal railings and the respect shown for this heritage building
Rocks’ Park St.
Lou Lou, The Diamond
Rocks’ consistently professional window displays were much admired
While Lou Lou was seen as a fresh and modern display working in harmony with a heritage building
Sams Bridge, Drumlusk, Mace – The judges spotted the proprietor out litter picking on judging day and were impressed with the progress made in a challenging environment
Brendan & Goretti O'Reilly, Dublin St. – judges were delighted with the floral display in this alley and suggested it could be a tourist attraction.
Best Presented Town House
Elaine Hyde – Latlurcan – many nominations for this house which the judges agreed showed great attention to detail.
Edel Sweeney – judges were bowled over by this estate garden saying that it showed what can be achieved by hard work and commitment
Monaghan Men’s Shed - for their hard work, interest and willingness to help with practically any project we put their way over the years
Tidy Towns Heroes
The Gateway Scheme – We thank Bob and the Gateway scheme workers for the fantastic work they have done for the town over recent years and months – painting lamp-posts, bollards, summer seats, fences, dealing with weeds, litter, you name it – we owe Bob and all his staff a debt of gratitude …
Environmentalists of the Year
Teach Aindí – this time last year no one could foresee the kind of year that Andys would have. Undaunted by the destruction brought on by fire the proprietors rebuilt and did so with energy saving in mind – so much so that they were featured by SEAI and the national press recently – their work fits in beautifully with the Sustainability category for TT and is something we can all learn from