Letterkenny in Co Donegal has been named Ireland's Tidiest Town for the first time.

The town has been entering the competition every year since it began in 1959.

It is Co Donegal's eighth time to win the overall award in the competition; the last time was in 1995 when Glenties was named Ireland's tidiest town.

862 towns and villages entered this year's competition.

Other notable winners today were Clonegal in Co Carlow which was named Ireland's Tidiest Village, Listowel in Co Kerry received the award for Ireland's Tidiest Small Town, and Westport in Co Mayo received the award of Ireland's Tidiest Large Town.

It was a double win for Letterkenny because it was also declared Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

The announcements were greeted by huge celebration at the awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin.

Hundreds of people from all over the country attended the event.

The awards were presented by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly and Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition's main sponsor.