Leitrim is one of the only counties in Ireland to have such a winning track record in the prestigious European Entente Florale Competition. In 2010, Carrick on Shannon won a gold medal in the larger town category and in 2014, Dromod won a silver medal in the small town category.
The Entente Florale or International Floral Decoration Competition as it was once officially named was founded in 1975, initially as an Anglo-French competition. Entrants now come from nations across Europe. In 2013 there were 11 participating countries, including: The Republic of Ireland; Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Czech Republic; Germancy; Hungary; Italy; The Netherlands; Slovenia and United Kingdom.
Dromod village won a silver medal in the 2014 Entente Florale Competition after being nominated by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government due to its achievements in the National Tidy Towns Competition. Dromod has been an active member in the Tidy Towns competition for over 35 years now and takes a very professional approach towards the competition. This has resulted in a strong community spirit and Dromod winning the County town title for 36 years in a row as well as numerous gold medals in the population category B.
Carrick on Shannon was nominated after severe flooding in the town in 2009 and managed with a very strong partnership approach to do a complete transformation in time for the judging in the Summer of 2010. The gold medal in Entente Florale has helped in no small way to push the town to further development by winning consecutive gold medals in the Tidy Towns National competition and in achieving Purple Flag status for a vibrant, well - managed evening and night time economy in 2015.