Virginia in County Cavan was the overall winner of the 1964 Tidy Towns competition.

92 marks out of 100 put Virginia ahead of Monaghan and Rathvilly in Co. Carlow. The Bord Fáilte-sponsored competition was first held in 1958 and Virginia had been a runner-up twice, but this was its first win.

Kevin O'Kelly talks to Harry McQuade, chairman of the local committee in this RTÉ News report from 28 August 1964. McQuade attributes the win to a real community effort. People were out painting their houses, clipping trees and trimming hedges.

Virginia, Co. Cavan
Virginia, Co. Cavan (1962)