257 points

257 points

Dungarvan may be a small village but it’s beauty is not to be overlooked, the Tidy Towns adjudicator found.

“Nature has dealt Dungarvan a great hand. But your community have shaped the natural riches that are so abundant in the surrounding countryside,” says the report. “The landscaping fruits of your labours are to be seen from stem to stern and the work is a joy.”

The adjudicator felt the wildlife and natural amenities section was the most challenging for the village. “Any suggestions this adjudicator would make would be a repetition of the suggestions made by last year’s adjudicator and would sound like a Sunday preacher. The ‘excellent opportunity’ that was mentioned last year is still true. Imagine what the 20 extra marks would do for your standing in this competition!”

Tidiness, however, was a strength: “Neatly trimmed roadside verges, no weeds, good, clear road markings, well maintained shrubberies, fresh coats of paint all combine to create a beautifully tidy image for Dungarvan”.

The adjudicator was also impressed with the variety of styles of the residences. “Some of the sheds at the corner once housed people but instead of allowing them to become eyesores they are honoured with a well-merited coat of paint as if to salute the people who once lived in those buildings. The various styles from the different ages create an endearing image.”

The adjudicator found it a pleasant experience just approaching the village, in fact. “The perceptive motorist who passes through your village on the N9 surely senses the pride that the people of Dungarvan have in their village. ... Dungarvan could so easily be an inconvenient twist on the road were it not for the efforts of the locals to enhance their own living conditions. Therefore, your efforts are worthwhile and probably have a far greater effect on a far wider public than you appreciate.”