Galbally in County Limerick is named the winner of the Tidy Towns Competition.

The Tidy Towns Competition has been running for the last thirty six years with the 1994 competition attracting 672 entries from around the country.  The first competition in 1958 had just fifty two entries. 

Galbally in County Limerick was the winner of the £5,000 prize was announced by Charlie McCreevy at a ceremony in Dublin. There was a satellite link up with the village, where celebrations were already underway. 

Galbally is a small village of less than five hundred people located in south east Limerick.

Galbally took the overall prize as well as the prize for the best village.

Willie Sampson believes that the win will do wonders for tourism in Galbally. 

Glenties in Donegal won the award for the tidiest small town for the third year in a row and Skerries in County Dublin took the best large town award. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 September 1994. The reporter is Anne Cassin.