Ennis has been awarded the title of Ireland's tidiest town.

The Co Clare town takes over from Glaslough in Co Monaghan, which won the title in 2019.

There was no competition last year because of the pandemic.

Ennis previously won the supreme prize in 2005 and has been edging closer to regaining that honour in recent years.

It won the title of Ireland's tidiest large urban centre two years ago and on seven previous occasions since that category was introduced in 2006.

The award winners were announced today at a ceremony in the RDS attended by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, and Ian Allen, Managing Director of sponsors SuperValu and Centra.

Geashill in Co Offaly was named Ireland's Tidiest Village; Abbeyleix, Co Laois was awarded Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town and Cobh in Co Cork was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town.

Ennis was once again named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

Mary Howard, chairperson of Ennis Tidy Towns Committee, said all of the many volunteers are "very, very happy" today.

"This is our All Ireland. We've worked very hard for this, in the last few years especially."

The last 18 months had been difficult for volunteers, she said, but this award is "amazing" for everyone involved.

"It’s great, we’re delighted. It’s all about all of our volunteers, they’ve put in the hours."

Members of Ennis Tidy Towns Committee

"This is a fantastic achievement for Ennis who are very deserving winners," Minister Humphreys said.

"Ennis first entered the SuperValu TidyTowns competition in 1959 and continue to showcase all that is good about community and volunteerism.

"Given the tremendous interest in the competition and the increasing efforts made by all entrants, it is a wonderful achievement to take the national title for a second time; this really demonstrates that resilience and determination do reap rewards."

Minister Humphreys also commended those who put their community first during the Covid-19 pandemic "and continued to make their areas better places to live and work and to visit".

The minister also announced an allocation of €1.5m in funding to support the work of individual TidyTowns committees around the country.

Mr Allen said the "outstanding efforts and achievements" of all the category winners deserve praise and recognition.

He said that, at its heart, the SuperValu TidyTowns competition is "the public expression of the work countless individuals undertake to build community spirit and make their local area a better place in which to live and work".