There were joyous celebrations for the communities of Athea and Kilteely as they were announced as joint victors at the ‘Limerick Going for Gold’ grand final on Tuesday evening, October 9.
As a result of their successes, both communities will now receive €10,000 each from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation.
Speaking at the event, which was held in the Limerick Strand Hotel, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said: “It never ceases to amaze me how communities can come together and transform their areas. Everyone working together, sharing a common purpose.
“As Mayor I am privileged to meet with community representatives on a daily basis and I understand and appreciate the hard work you are doing to enhance your areas.
“Nurturing community spirit and fostering civic pride are an important part of Limerick Going for Gold.”
Limerick Going for Gold is a community-based competition aimed at making the county a cleaner and brighter area to work and live in.
One of the judges, Chairman of Tallanstown Tidy Towns in County Louth, Richard Barry, said that the Going for Gold competition has a broad appeal that “gives areas a chance of winning that they may not necessarily be able to compete in the National Tidy Towns.”
Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation was also in attendance on the night and he too congratulated all communities that took part in the competition.
“I would like to thank you all again for your continuing participation in the Limerick Going for Gold Campaign and for the enormous contributions which you make to the well-being of the communities in which we all live,” he said.
The annual event is sponsored by the well-known JP McManus Charitable Foundation and offers a total prize pool of over €80,000 to the communities taking part.
The competition is broken into eleven categories, with awards up for grabs in each. This year, a total of thirteen communities made it into the final of the Limerick Going for Gold Challenge Category.
See the full list of winners below:
Joint Winners Athea, Kilteely (€10,000 each)
3rd Newcastle West (€7,000)
4th Kilfinane (€5,000)
5th Abbeyfeale (€3,000)
6th Patrickswell (€2,000)
7th – 13th Anglesboro, Caherconlish, Hospital, Knockainey, Moyross, Oola, Rathkeale (€1,000)
Limerick in Bloom
Winner Kilmeedy (€5,000 plus perpetual trophy)
2nd Ardpatrick (€3,000)
3rd Croagh (€2,000)
Highly Commended: Askeaton, Croom, Foynes, South Limerick City, Pallasgreen (€1,000 each)
Winner Monaleen Park (€1,500)
Joint 2nd Cappamore Estates, Gouldavoher (€1,000 each)
Joint 4th St Patrick’s Villas, The Grange (€700 each)
Highly Commended: Carraballawn, Glenbrook, Glendale and Glendale Lawn, Meadowbrook, Rhebogue Meadows, Silverbrook, The Meadows in Corbally, Woodlawn Park (€500 each)
Winner Castleconnell (€2,720)
2nd Castletroy View (€1,960)
3rd Janesboro (€1,940)
4th Glin (€1,900)
5th Caherdavin (€1,860)
6th Adare (€1,820)
7th Annacotty (€1,800)
Tidy Towns Incentive
Community – Adare (€500)
Green Spaces – Glin (€500)
Sustainability – Kilmallock (€500)
Tidiness – Oola (€500)
Nature and Diversity – Galbally and Mountcollins (€1,000 each)
Most approved in each Council district (€1,000)
Metro: Ballyneety, Annacotty
Adare-Rathkeale: Kildimo, Ballysteen
Most Improved Overall – Garrienderk (€1,500)
St Mary’s Aid Bike Reuse Scheme
Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre Food Waste Prevention Course
St Michael’s Rowing Club Urban Run #RunReuseRefill cups (€500 each)
Limerick Civic Trust (€500)
Broadford Development Association (€1,000)
The Bridge in Kilmallock
The Square in Abbeyfeale
Bridge Street Garden, Limerick Civic Trust
Croom Town Park (each receive a trophy)
#loveyourlimerick photo competition
Damien Ahern, Athea (€500 for himself and €500 for his local group)
Most Beautiful Front Garden (sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre)
Winner: John and Ita Carroll, Castlemahon
2nd Robert Byrne, Kennedy Park
3rd Nellie Barrett, Newcastle West (each receives vouchers for the Parkway Shopping Centre and a trophy