Carrick on Shannon took GOLD in the European Entente Florale Awards in Cervia, Italy at the weekend (Sept 2010) Twelve countries participated in the towns category and Carrick on Shannon was one of only four towns in Europe that won gold. “It was a great achievement for a first time entrant” stated Councillor Frank Dolan, Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council. The Cathaoirleach said that “the gold win started with the vision of the County Manager in accepting the offer of participating in the competition at a time when the town was under flood waters – the participation in the competition helped to transform the town for the Summer”. He went on to compliment all who were involved, adding that this shows what volunteerism and co-operation can do. A huge effort was put in by everybody to ensure the town looked its best for the judging day. The efforts were led by Leitrim County Council and the Tidy Towns with help from local business, the people of Carrick, local Sponsors and the Chamber of Commerce. Many people have commented on the work that was evident throughout the year in transforming the town from the flooding to a town which achieved a minimum of 85/100 from every judge! Bush Hotel was an active and leading participant in the local community.