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Six Winners take the top spots for Biodiversity TLC6 competition



Biodiversity TLC6 competition – ‘Sunset on the River Shannon’ by Karen Ryan, Rhebogue pictured above

Six Winners take the top spots for Biodiversity TLC6 competition 

Biodiversity TLC6 competition

Bird Category: ‘The Herron’ by Ingrid Byrnes, Castleconnell

Following tough deliberations amongst the judges, the winners for the Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) Biodiversity TLC6 competition have been selected. For the Biodiversity TLC6 competition, TLC asked families and individuals to submit photos that fell into six categories showcasing Limerick in all its beauty. 


Leading Environmentalist, Éanna Ní Lamhna was on board as a competition judge alongside; Munster Vice President of Macra na Feirme Elaine Houlihan, Photographer Diarmuid Greene, and Nigel Dugdale of @Limerickcitybiz.

Organisers were seeking images that showcased the wonderful wildlife in Limerick City and County and the variety of natural habitats where it can be found. This year TLC asked people to submit photographs and videos under specific category headings to ensure the wide biodiversity of plants, animals, and wildlife habitats are noticed, appreciated, and recorded in glorious technicolour. Pictures without humans and pets were preferable. 

Hundreds of entries highlighting this year’s theme “Lovely Limerick – the Great Outdoors” were submitted via social media for the judges to deliberate over. The final six winners chosen were: 

Bird Category: ‘The Herron’ by Ingrid Byrnes, Castleconnell  

Insect Category: ‘Spider & Bee’ by Nancy Geary, Lisnagry 

Flower Category: ‘Bee Orchid’ by Jennifer Morrow Sheehan, Limerick City  

Wildlife Habitat Category: ‘Sunset on the River Shannon’ by Karen Ryan, Rhebogue 

Landscape Category: ‘Red Poppies’ by Liz Gabbett, Mungret 

Mammals Category: ‘Red Squirrel’ by Estelle O’Driscoll, Glin  

Commenting on the competition judge Éanna Ní Lamhna, said, “I am thrilled to be once again on board as a judge for this delightful competition. Last year’s entries were both creative and marvellous. They showcased the beauty of Limerick as well as the photographic skills of the entrants. This year, once again the calibre of entries was incredibly high. 

The passion for photography and biodiversity was clearly evident in all the photos I viewed. I would like to thank my fellow judges; Diarmuid, Elaine, and Nigel for helping to decide on six very deserving winners who highlight the beauty and nature in Limerick City and County.” 

Team Limerick Clean-Up is an initiative sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and supported by Limerick City and County Council. Endorsed by Paul O’Connell, the official partners include Mr. Binman, The Limerick Leader, Limerick Post, and Live95.   


For more info on Team Limerick Clean-up go HERE

For other biodiversity stories go HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.