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Athea and Kilteely strike gold at Limerick Going For Gold 2018 Grand Final

Limerick Going for Gold 2018. There were double the celebrations at the Limerick Going For Gold grand final this evening, Tuesday 09 October 2018 as Athea and Kilteely were jointly named as overall winners of the Limerick Going For Gold competition for 2018. Picture: Alan Place


Athea and Kilteely strike gold at Limerick Going For Gold 2018 Grand Final

There were double the celebrations at the Limerick Going For Gold grand final as Athea and Kilteely were jointly named as overall winners of Limerick Going For Gold 2018.

Limerick Going For Gold is a community-based competition aimed at making Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit.

It is sponsored by the JP McManus Charitable Foundation and has a total prize pool of over €80,000.  It is organised by Limerick City and County Council and supported by Limerick’s Live 95FM, The Limerick Leader and The Limerick Post, Parkway Shopping Centre, I Love Limerick and Southern Marketing Media & Design.

A total of 13 communities made the final of the Limerick Going for Gold Challenge 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.

Five of the finalists in the Challenge Category were selected by popular vote on the Limerick Today show on Limerick’s Live95fm with the remaining seven chosen by the judges.


Prizes were also awarded in 10 other Going for Gold categories.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins congratulated the participating communities for helping to ensure that Limerick Going for Gold 2018 continued to be a tremendous success.

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Limerick Going for Gold 2018 MC Richard Lynch is flanked by Henry Moran of Athea and John McCarthy, Kilteely as he announces the result. Picture: Alan Place

Speaking to the hundreds of attendees Mayor Collins said: “What a pleasure it is to be with you all here this evening for what has become one of the best celebrations of community spirit in Limerick – the grand finale of Limerick Going for Gold 2018.  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.”

Gerry Boland from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the whole campaign again this year.  The JP McManus Charitable Foundation is committed to continuing to assist Limerick communities to reduce the impact of litter across Limerick city and county.  I would 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.”

The judges this year were Richard Barry, Chairman of Tallanstown Tidy Towns in County Louth, who are former winners of the National Tidy Towns competition and Jimmy Feane, retired Director of Limerick City and County Council.

Both judges spent days travelling the length and breadth of Limerick to visit every community involved in Limerick Going For Gold.

 Richard Barry said: “Limerick Going For Gold has a really broad appeal, it pitches the level at everyone from the challenge category to Limerick in Bloom and the Best Front Garden.  It gives everyone a chance to participate.  Limerick Going For Gold gives areas a chance of winning that they may not necessarily be able to compete in the National Tidy Towns.”

“This is the second year in a row that I’ve judged the Limerick Going For Gold competition and I must say I’ve been really impressed with the work carried out in the communities and especially the improvements that I’ve seen in the past 12 months.”

Gordon Daly, Director of Social Development with Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick Going For Gold is a brilliant example of partnership between the local authority and communities the length and breadth of Limerick.  This partnership which has been strengthened and deepened over the past eight years since the competition began showcases what can be achieved when we all work together.”

“Limerick City and County Council is committed to working with communities so that Limerick can be the best it can be. I want to thank the communities of Limerick for their hard work and commitment as without it we wouldn’t be able to have an event such as this.”

The winners are

Category Winner
Challenge 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)

Residential Areas 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)

Champions 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

NCW: Abbeyfeale

Cappamore-Kilmallock: Oola

Most Improved Overall – Garrienderk (€1,500)

Reuse Award 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)

Endeavour Award Limerick Civic Trust (€500)
Biodiversity Broadford Development Association (€1,000)
Judges’ Awards The Bridge in Kilmallock

The Square in Abbeyfeale

Bridge Street Garden, Limerick Civic Trust

Croom Town Park (each receives 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


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Picture: Alan Place

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.