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Going for Gold Wildcards 2019 complete the list of finalists for the Grand Final

Picture: Brian Arthur

Going for Gold Wildcards 2019 launched in Limerick. Deputy Mayor Cllr Gerald Mitchell and Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation have launched the Limerick Going for Gold competition. Picture: Brian Arthur 

Going for Gold Wildcards 2019 complete the list of finalists for the Grand Final

Judging has been completed in the Limerick Going for Gold Tidy Towns Category with six groups selected as wildcards to compete in the grand final. Whittling the wildcards down to six was an incredibly difficult job for the Limerick Going for Gold Judges, Richard Barry, Tallanstown, Co Louth and Michael Griffin recently retired from Limerick City and County Council.

The six groups to go forward as wildcards are, Ardpatrick Tidy Towns, Croom Development Association, Galbally Tidy Towns, Hospital Tidy Towns, Kilmeedy Community Development Group and Newcastle West Tidy Towns. They will join the groups selected by Public Vote on Live 95’s Limerick Today program which is, Ballyhahill Development Association, Kilcornan Tidy Towns, Kilfinane Tidy Towns, Rathkeale Tidy Towns, and Bruree/Rockhill Tidy Towns.


The Tidy Towns Grand Final takes place in the Strand Hotel, Limerick on 8 October 2019. During the night there will be six categories. This year the competition has had a mini overhaul following consultation with groups over the winter period.  Over €60,000 will be distributed over six Categories in this year’s competition. 

The Categories included are Tidy Towns Category where they must have entered Tidy Towns 2019 national competition, Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom open to all Tidy Towns groups who have not won a prize in Tidy Towns category plus groups who did not enter Tidy Towns 2019 or do not have a grow, Champions Category must have won a previous challenge category or its equivalent.

Residential Areas which includes estates and similar areas, Endeavour Award, A Group that has come to the Judges’ attention and deemed worthy of an endeavor award, Reuse Award Limerick City and County Council sponsor this prize. It will be awarded to a group or organization involved in Reuse and finally the Best Front Garden Category which Sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre.

Limerick Going for Gold is run by Limerick City and County Council with sponsorship from JP McManus Charitable Foundation and supported by Live 95, the Limerick Leader, Limerick Post, I Love Limerick, Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns, Southern Media, and Marketing Design and the Parkway Shopping Centre.

For more information on Going for Gold click here.

For more stories on Tidy towns click 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.