The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, today (Saturday 9th May 2009) unveiled a plaque at Westport Leisure Park to celebrate the town's victory in the 50th Anniversary National Tidy Towns competition in 2008.
Westport scored an outstanding 303 marks out of a possible 400 to become Ireland's Tidiest Town for a third time.
In addressing the large crowd Councillor Martin Keane, Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council said, "On behalf of the people of Westport I am delighted to welcome President McAleese to our town to celebrate Westport's success in the 50th Year of the TidyTowns competition. We are honoured to have President McAleese visiting our town for the third time this decade to celebrate our success. My thanks to the TidyTowns Committee, Council staff, voluntary groups and everyone in the community who paved the way for this great day."
Tidy Towns sees communities all over Ireland come together with the common goal of improving their local environment and endeavouring to scoop the prestigious title of 'Ireland's Tidiest Town'. The National TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and sponsored by SuperValu.