ABBEYLEIX has struck gold yet again.
The beautiful heritage town retained its gold status in the Tidy Towns awards announced yesterday (Monday).
Stradbally also took home a gold medal for coming joint third in Category B of Ireland’s Tidiest Village section. Abbeyleix was the joint top town in the country in Category C of Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town section.
Abbeyleix scored 342 points, up eight on last year and only four points behind overall national winner Glaslough, Co Monaghan.
Abbeyleix not only took the county award but also won the inclusive community award. Second place went to Castletown and third to Ballacolla, while Ballinakill won the county endeavour award.
There was a silver lining, too, for Portlaoise, which retained its silver medal status yet again. Congratulations went to all the Laois winners and their dedicated Tidy Towns teams at the awards ceremony in Dublin.