• Pippa Hackett

Welcoming Tidy Towns Awards for Geashill and Abbeyleix


The Tidy Towns award for Ireland’s Tidiest Village to Geashill is a tremendous credit to the local Tidy Towns Committee who have put so much effort into making Geashill look beautiful. The committee has been commended for its understanding and application of sustainable development goals.


Most people will know that myself and my husband, Cllr. Mark Hackett live on a farm just outside the village.


There’s a wonderful community in Geashill and it’s a lovely place to raise a family. Great credit is due to the team of volunteers. This win isn’t just for how the village looks, it’s a win for the heart and spirit of the place.


I also want to mention Abbeyleix as a deserving winner of the Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town Award.


I’m not surprised to see Abbeyleix taking this award – as well as the Climate Action and Air Quality award. I’ve visited the community there a number of times and they are very focused on climate action.


The emphasis of Tidy Towns Awards on air quality, climate action, sustainability and the circular economy is very welcome. It’s a credit to the Tidy Town organization that they are encouraging communities to pay attention to these aspects of a town.


I also welcome the announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys of €1.5M to be distributed among all Tidy Towns groups for 2022. It’s a great acknowledgement of the work of the volunteers.