Updated: 27/09/16 : 04:53:04
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Banished bog boogies thumbs-up in Tidy Towns

By Eugene McGloin

BOOGIES IN the bog might be a great summer draw, somewhere, in Sligo.

But they seem to cut no ice under the steely gaze of Tidy Towns analysts when they traipse around in July.

The absence of posters for such events is flagged -- and praised -- in the 2016 Tidy Towns report for Drumcliff Rathcormack.

Meanwhile, one private garden in the same area is singled out as ''an example of perfection.''

Knuckles Rapped

In contrast, Sligo County Council itself gets its knuckle rapped in the 2016 reports, published yesterday afternoon.

Coolaney is the tidiest centre in Sligo, with a massive 314 points this year.

This contrasts with 309 last year.....and the report (a) noted litter in some spots BUT (b) wondered about the absence of refuse (litter) bins in the Coolaney area.

Greatly Encouraged

Coolaney will be greatly encouraged by its showing when it looks at the points achieved yesterday by two previous national title winners.

Namely, Newtowncashel in County Longford achieved 317 points yesterday, while Ardagh in the same county took 300 points.

Sligo County Council's own building gets some criticism in the 2016 Tidy Towns reports.

The front is labelled ''drab'' and the main shrub bed was categorised as ''overgrown.''

An unspecified lane near the County Council building has also been criticised.

Significant Increase

Overall, Sligo town secured 285 marks this year, from a possible 450.

This is a significant increase on last year, when the Tidy Towns analysis gave the county town 273 marks.

The national and local results were announced yesterday afternoon, Monday.

Did Honours

Junior Minister Michael Ring did the honours while the event was, again, sponsored by Super Valu.

Skerries in north Dublin with 327 points was the overall winner -- the first time the award has gone to the capital in 26 years.

The top six performing Sligo villages and towns in 2016 were:-

314 Coolaney
303 Riverstown
298 Ballintogher
289 Coney Island
285 Sligo
283 Enniscrone;

The marks obtained by other areas were:-

279 Mullaghmore
274 Drumcliff Rathcormack
273 Carney
267 Easkey
267 Grange;

262 Ballisodare
262 Ballymote
260 Tubbercurry
255 Rosses Point;

248 Dromore West
247 Banada Tourlestrane
242 Aclare
242 Collooney;

241 Ballygawley
237 Rathlee
236 Gurteen
233 Carraroe
222 Bellaghy.

Area Reports

Postscript: As in other years the reports contain literals and incorrect identification -- ''Tom Doorley Park.''

The 1950s residential area is named after ex Bishop of Elphin, Edward Doorly.....without an 'e' in the surname.

To see the commentary on your village this year -- click on link below.