Year Established: 1981

Number of Members: The Committee comprises a core membership of 10, with upwards of a further 12 active volunteers.

History of Area:

Castletown village takes its name from a 12th century castle which stood in a prominent position overlooking the River Nore. It was burned down in 1600. Only fragmented ruins of the turret and perimeter wall of the castle remain. At the heart of the village is a triangular fair green bordered by a number of Georgian buildings of historic interest, including one which once functioned as a Bianconi coach stop. In 1881, the De La Salle Brothers arrived to Castletown and established a monastery. Nearby, in the old cemetery at Churchtown, there are the ruins of St. Cedus medieval church. An old corn-mill built c.1840 and now disused is located alongside the river. In the 19th century, oaten meal and flour were ground there.

Tidy Towns Information:

Castletown is an award winning village in the Tidy Towns competition with a long record of success, receiving its first national award in 1989, and culminating in achieving the accolade of ‘Tidiest Village in Ireland’ and winning the overall National Tidy Towns Award in 2002. Since then the village has continued to receive many awards. Castletown first entered the Tidy Towns competition in 1971 and 1972 and following a break after that of many years it has entered the competition annually since 1983.

Website / Facebook: www.facebook.com/Castletown Tidy Towns

Recent Awards or Achievements:

2015 Silver Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2014 Bronze Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2013 Bronze Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2012 Bronze Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2011 Bronze Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2010 Silver Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2009 Silver Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2008 Silver Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2007 Bronze Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2006 Bronze Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2005 Silver Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2004 Silver Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award
2003 Gold Medal Award & Winner Laois County Award

 

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