Inis Oírr has won two awards at a major international competition to recognise management of the environment.

The Livcom award winners were announced at a ceremony in the Chinese city of Xiamen today.

A delegation from the island collected the Special Overall award in the Healthy Lifestyles category and then took the overall award in the category for places with a population of up to 20,000 people.

The awards focus on International Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment.

Almost 50 cities, districts and communities from around the world were competing in the finals. They all made submissions as to the way in which they respect and care for the environment around them.

Chairman of the Inis Oírr co-operative Paddy Crowe said he felt the presentation of the island to judges sealed victory for his delegation.

Mr Crowe said it was "unbelievable recognition" for islanders and the way in which they try to safeguard and enhance the environment around them.

He said the three-person delegation had forged tremendous friendships as a result of their participation in the competition.

He is confident that economic, social and environmental benefits will flow from the awards.

During their time in Xiamen, the Inis Oírr delegation presented the city's mayor with a handmade model of a curragh, which was made on the island.

Mr Crowe said this had captured the imagination of their hosts.