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Kilfinane Tidy Towns pictured above after winning the grand prize.

€60,000 plus in prizes and grants presented to communities across Limerick with Kilfinane Tidy Towns receiving €10,000

Kilfinane Tidy Towns crowned Limerick Going for Gold overall 2023 champions
Runners up Askeaton Tidy Towns pictured above. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

There were jubilant celebrations at the Limerick Going for Gold grand final on Wednesday, October 25 as Kilfinane was named as overall winner for 2023.

Limerick Going for Gold is a community based competition with more than €60,000 in prize funding up for grabs.

Limerick Going for Gold aims to make Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit and has captured the imagination of Tidy Towns groups, residents’ associations, smaller groups and individuals right across Limerick city and county since it began in 2012.


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A total of 13 communities made the final of the Limerick Going for Gold Tidy Towns Category – before the winners were announced at the grand finale, attended by hundreds of people from communities across Limerick city and county in the Limerick Strand Hotel. The event was hosted as it is every year by Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick.

Five of the finalists in the Tidy Towns Category were selected by popular vote on the Limerick Today show on Live95 with the remaining areas chosen by the judges, Pat Shearin and Michael Griffin (retirees from Limerick City and County Council) following visits to all of the areas.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell congratulated the participating communities for helping to ensure that Limerick Going for Gold 2023 was a tremendous success.

Speaking to the hundreds of attendees Mayor Mitchell said:

“I want to congratulate all the entries in this year’s Going for Gold competition and of course the overall winners Kilfinane. It is a credit to you all how communities can come together and transform their areas. Everyone working together, sharing a common purpose.”

Gerry Boland from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation said: “It is very satisfying to reach the conclusion of another successful Going for Gold campaign.  Going for Gold involves so many people in our communities throughout our city and county, and the improvements which they have effected in their local areas are much appreciated and contribute enormously to the quality of the environment in which we live.”

Seamus O Connor, Senior Executive Officer in Limerick City and County Council commented: “Limerick Going for Gold brings together the efforts and endeavours of communities and I want to thank the entrants for their hard work and commitment as without it we wouldn’t be able to have an event such as this.”

The competition is sponsored by the JP McManus Charitable Foundation. It is organised by Limerick City and County Council and supported by Live 95, The Limerick Leader, The Limerick Post, Parkway Shopping Centre, I Love Limerick and Southern Marketing Media & Design.

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The winners are:

Tidy Towns CategoryKilfinane (€10,000)Askeaton (€7,000)Bruff (€5,000)Athea (€3,000)Kilteely (€2,000)Castleconnell (€1,500)Croom (€1,500)Elton (€1,500)Hospital (€1,500)Kilmallock (€1,500)Oola (€1,500)Pallaskenry (€1,500)Patrickswell (€1,500)
Limerick Bee Friendly in BloomKilmeedy (€5,000)Ardpatrick (€3,000)Meadowbrook (€2,000)Garrienderk (€1,000)Carrigkerry (€1,000)
Residential AreasPallasgreen (€1,500)Woodlawn Park (€1,250)Thomondgate (€1,000)All Areas of Castletroy View (€700)Blackabbey Gate (€700)Brookhaven Walk (€700)Caherdavin (€700)Carabullawn (€700)Cois Má (€700)Slugáire (€700) 
Endeavour AwardGlenroe (€2000)
ReUse Award (€500 each)Taithouse Community Enterprizes, Southill – ReLove Paint Castleconnell Tidy Towns- Herbcide prevention Limerick Gateway to Education 
Judges’ Request AwardCastleconnell (€2000)Garryowen (€1000)Knocklong (€500)NCW (€1000)Kings Island Community Allotments (€500)
Best Front Garden (sponsored by Parkway Shopping Centre)John Nash Charity, Henry Street – 1stAnne Lynch, Murroe – 2ndBenn & Anne O’Sullivan, Kilmallock – 3rd

Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

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 ilovelimerick.com 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.