Fermanagh's county town, Enniskillen, has scooped the prestigious title of Ireland's Best Large Urban Centre as part of an all-Ireland competition.
Nestled in the heart of the world famous Lough Erne, Enniskillen - Ireland's only island town - came out top when judged on cleanliness, the outward appearance of buildings, the presentation of roads and public facilities and the natural environment.
Ireland's Best Kept Towns competition is an all-Ireland initiative between the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
The 2013 all-Ireland award is the sixth time Enniskillen has won the coveted 'Best Kept' title, firmly establishing it as one of Ireland's most attractive towns.
Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird, commended all those who help to keep Enniskillen tidy.
'Winning an all-Ireland Best Kept title for a sixth time is a tremendous achievement and is testament to the pride and hard work, commitment and partnership working between Fermanagh District Council, businesses, residents and partner agencies,' said Councillor Baird.
'Enniskillen is a unique and charming town with many attributes, however its natural beauty is foremost.'
The competition judges were particularly impressed with the cleanliness of the shores and fringes of Lough Erne and noted that Enniskillen town was free of litter, graffiti and fly posting.
The results of Ireland's Best Kept Towns competition were announced at a special awards ceremony in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin, last week.
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