Kinsale In County Cork is named the best kept town in the whole of Ireland.

Scenic Kinsale with its gourmet restaurants and vibrant community spirit is the winner of the first North-South Best Kept Towns competition.

Beating off competition from nine towns in the Republic and five in the North, the harbour town on the south coast stood out over all the others. Moira in County Down took second place, with Broughshane County Antrim in third.

Margaret Lynch of Kinsale Tidy Towns Committee was in Belfast to accept the award and cheque for five thousand pounds which was jointly presented by Minister for the Environment Brendan Howlin and his Stormont counterpart Malcolm Moss, who praised the competition for

Providing an opportunity to form new lasting cross-border friendships and co-operation.

Kinsale is fortunate to have such a thriving community spirit, says Margaret Lynch, and the town has seen an increase in visitors from Northern Ireland since the peace process began,

We've had a lot of people coming from the north of Ireland and returning which is nice. Hopefully that will continue.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 June 1996. The reporter is Michael Fisher.