Ennis was named the tidiest town in Ireland at a ceremony at Dublin Castle this morning.

The Co Clare town also took the award for tidiest large town.

Other national winners included Moynalty in Co Meath, which was judged best village for the second year running.

Last year’s overall winner, Lismore, was awarded tidiest small town, also for the second year running.

Almost 700 communities around the country competed for the title. 

Speaking at the awards, Batt O'Keeffe, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, said: 'The fact that a town such as Ennis with a large urban centre can win the overall title shows that every town and village in Ireland has the potential to become Ireland's tidiest town.'

'I am thrilled at their success as I know they've worked very hard for this for many years.'

Ennis was awarded the honour on the basis of an initial adjudication carried out in July and a second adjudication last month.

The town has never won the overall title before, but has an impressive record in the competition, having won various awards in the past culminating in a Gold Medal Award last year.

It is only the second time that the overall winner has come from Co Clare after Mountshannon won the title in 1981.