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Ireland’s Tidiest Village:
There was great celebrating and excitement in Glaslough on Monday night September 24th when Glslo8ugh Tidy Towns committee arrived home after being awarded the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Village in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018. With a total of 338 points, just 1 point behind the Overall Winner Listowel, Glaslough took the title from over 700 other contestants and it is a great credit to all who helped make Glaslough stand out so well and achieve such a prestigious accolade. In 1978 Glaslough won the All-Ireland title and in recent years the village has been gradually increasing its share of the points and had its eyes set on a good result in 2018. In the meantime Glaslough had accumulated numerous awards including in 2009 -  the National Sustainable Development Award; in 2014 the National Tree Council Award; in 2015 the Sustainable Waste and Resource management EPA Award and County awards and Gold Medals. This year too, saw them capture a Gold medal in the Entente Florale European competition and where they were highly praised for their presentation of the area in all its different aspects. When the reesults were announced and the immediate eupphoria calmed a little wrod was sent home and right away plans were made to have a celebratory homecoming planned for 7.30pm.The group arrived at St. Mary’s School on the Monaghan Road on time and a cavalcade was there to accompany them into the Village, led by the Gardai and welcomed by Gary on Pipes. Louise McGhee and Gareth Corrigan carried the All-Ireland Trophy in an Open-top Car.  After a tour of the village, all congregated at the Diamond, where a huge crowd awaited. The young, and the not so young, were there and the atmosphere was highly-charged with excitement, pride, delight, and a wonderful feeling of success. Then on the steps below the bust of Charles Powell Leslie, Gareth Corrigan welcomed everyone and said that he was so proud to be involved in the work which has brought such acclaim to his native village. He stated that ‘all who were involved in the effort to bring this victory to Glaslough can be justly proud of their contribution and the success of their work’.  He then called on Packie McGhee to lead everyone in the singing of a song, composed by Packie and now famous, entitled ‘Beautiful Glaslough’. The volume from the singing rose and rose till it could be heard for miles around and the children were loudest of all. Louise McGhee then gave a brief run-down of the day’s events and how thrilled they were to be awarded such a prestigious title but that it was just reward for the work carried out, not just during the past year but over many years as Glaslough tried to make a winning impact on the judges. She expressed thanks and appreciation to all the various people and groups involved and stated that a more comprehensive thanks would be issued later. Among those present were Cllrs. Sean Conlon, Seamus Treanor, Paudge Connolly, Raymond Aughey and David Maxwell as Mayor of MD. Senator Robbie Gallagher was also there. Two people among the crowd, for whom the event would have brought back many memories, were Paddy and Alice Connolly. Formerly proprietors of the Pillar House and the driving force behind many excellent developments in and around Glaslough, Paddy and Alice were the founders of Glaslough Tidy Towns and led the work and effort to be awarded the National Overall Title in 1978. The crowd was then invited to enjoy a wonderful array of food supplied by Castle Leslie and served by Ron and Diane and the high spirits continued as the people of Glaslough gradually came to the realisation of the outstanding achievement they had accomplished.
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Ireland’s Tidiest Village:
There was great celebrating and excitement in Glaslough on Monday night September 24th when Glslo8ugh Tidy Towns committee arrived home after being awarded the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Village in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018. With a total of 338 points, just 1 point behind the Overall Winner Listowel, Glaslough took the title from over 700 other contestants and it is a great credit to all who helped make Glaslough stand out so well and achieve such a prestigious accolade. In 1978 Glaslough won the All-Ireland title and in recent years the village has been gradually increasing its share of the points and had its eyes set on a good result in 2018. In the meantime Glaslough had accumulated numerous awards including in 2009 -  the National Sustainable Development Award; in 2014 the National Tree Council Award; in 2015 the Sustainable Waste and Resource management EPA Award and County awards and Gold Medals. This year too, saw them capture a Gold medal in the Entente Florale European competition and where they were highly praised for their presentation of the area in all its different aspects. When the reesults were announced and the immediate eupphoria calmed a little wrod was sent home and right away plans were made to have a celebratory homecoming planned for 7.30pm.The group arrived at St. Mary’s School on the Monaghan Road on time and a cavalcade was there to accompany them into the Village, led by the Gardai and welcomed by Gary on Pipes. Louise McGhee and Gareth Corrigan carried the All-Ireland Trophy in an Open-top Car.  After a tour of the village, all congregated at the Diamond, where a huge crowd awaited. The young, and the not so young, were there and the atmosphere was highly-charged with excitement, pride, delight, and a wonderful feeling of success. Then on the steps below the bust of Charles Powell Leslie, Gareth Corrigan welcomed everyone and said that he was so proud to be involved in the work which has brought such acclaim to his native village. He stated that ‘all who were involved in the effort to bring this victory to Glaslough can be justly proud of their contribution and the success of their work’.  He then called on Packie McGhee to lead everyone in the singing of a song, composed by Packie and now famous, entitled ‘Beautiful Glaslough’. The volume from the singing rose and rose till it could be heard for miles around and the children were loudest of all. Louise McGhee then gave a brief run-down of the day’s events and how thrilled they were to be awarded such a prestigious title but that it was just reward for the work carried out, not just during the past year but over many years as Glaslough tried to make a winning impact on the judges. She expressed thanks and appreciation to all the various people and groups involved and stated that a more comprehensive thanks would be issued later. Among those present were Cllrs. Sean Conlon, Seamus Treanor, Paudge Connolly, Raymond Aughey and David Maxwell as Mayor of MD. Senator Robbie Gallagher was also there. Two people among the crowd, for whom the event would have brought back many memories, were Paddy and Alice Connolly. Formerly proprietors of the Pillar House and the driving force behind many excellent developments in and around Glaslough, Paddy and Alice were the founders of Glaslough Tidy Towns and led the work and effort to be awarded the National Overall Title in 1978. The crowd was then invited to enjoy a wonderful array of food supplied by Castle Leslie and served by Ron and Diane and the high spirits continued as the people of Glaslough gradually came to the realisation of the outstanding achievement they had accomplished.