County Kilkenny’s picture-postcard Inistioge has won Gold in the prestigious Entene Florale competition – the European version of the Tidy Towns competition.
The announcement was made last night at a ceremony in Tullamore, Offaly.
Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Eamon Aylward, said it was “an incredible achievement” for the village.
The European judges placed Inistioge, which has provided the backdrop for several Hollywood films, including Circle of Friends and, most recently, the The Secret Scripture, at the very top of the tree when it came to enhancement of the quality of life through landscape development and horticulture around the village.
The local Tidy Towns committee, along with the village residents, have been working hard for six months to get the village into shape – and they can all feel extremely proud of their achievements now that all their hard work has paid off.