Mountrath Tidy Towns discovered this week that their application under the National Tidy Towns Competition did not make it to the adjudicators before judging took place this year.
As results were announced, Mountrath were not mentioned in the booklet published by Tidy Towns, nor were their reports published along with other towns.
With all other results for the nation announced last week and the omissions discovered, Mountrath Tidy Towns contacted the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The Tidy Towns organisers are now due to send out adjudicators to the town.
The group had made their application based on the body of work they carried out throughout the year.
Chairperson of Mountrath Development Association, Brenda O’Grady said: “It is extremely frustrating and disappointing because a lot of hard work went in from all of the committee members, all the volunteers and the local Community Employment Scheme over the past year.”
“I read the completed application and there was an outstanding amount of work done. I was very surprised not to see any mention of Mountrath in the booklet published,” she added.
The Department of Rural and Community Development have confirmed this morning that as the group provided proof they had submitted their application prior to the advertised deadline, “the entry will now be forwarded to one of our adjudicators who will arrange a visit in the near future.”
Following this visit an adjudication report will be prepared, marks will be assigned, and issued to the committee and placed on the Tidy Towns website.
Any prizes arising from these reports will be honoured and presented during the upcoming regional awards.
A similar fate affected the entries of the Tidy Towns for Bray and Greystones in County Wicklow and Glenroe in County Limerick.
The department believes that the omissions may
have occurred owing to the size of the electronic files submitted.
Theses towns will also receive an adjudicators visit in the near future.
Mountrath Tidy Towns asks everyone to continue to make a special effort in anticipation of the Adjudicators visit and in particular they wish to thank the Community Employment
Scheme for their outstanding dedication to the upkeep of the town.