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Six Finalists announced for Limerick Going for Gold Competition

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Limerick Going for Gold Finalists – pictured above are finalists Adare, Athea, Castleconnell, Kilteely, Patrickswell and Newcastle West.

Overall eleven towns will compete for a top prize of €10,000

By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon

Limerick Going for Gold Finalists
Volunteers from Newcastlewest are pictured above 

Limerick Going for Gold is a grant scheme which began in 2012. 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. The competition is back after a two year break due to Covid-19.

Judging has been completed and six wildcards have been chosen to compete in the final of the Limerick Going for Gold Tidy Towns category. The Grand Final of Limerick Going for Gold takes place in the Limerick Strand Hotel on October 13.

The six Limerick Going for Gold Finalists are Adare Tidy Towns, Ardpatrick Tidy Towns, Athea, Doon, Hospital and Kilteely.

They will compete with the groups selected by Public Vote on Live 95’s Limerick Today programme which are, Askeaton, Castleconnell, Kilmeedy, Newcastle and Patrickswell to win a top prize of €10,000.

Whittling the Limerick Going for Gold Finalists down to six was an incredibly difficult job for Judges Richard Barry, from Louth and Michael Griffin from Limerick. 

Judges had to examine litter control, tidiness, and sustainable planting when reaching a decision on the six finalists.

Adare Tidy Towns commented on Twitter, “Thrilled with our Wild Card selection in the Going for Gold 2022 Competition. Thank you for all the volunteers who made this possible.”  

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:

1.    Tidy Towns Category – must have entered Tidy Towns 2019 national competition

2.    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 2022 or do not have a group.

3.     Residential Areas – estates and similar areas

4.    Endeavour Award – Group that has come to the Judges’ attention and deemed worthy of an endeavour award

5.     Reuse Award – Limerick City and County Council sponsor this prize. It will be awarded to a group or organisation involved in Reuse

6.     Best Front Garden Category – Sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre

Grants range from €200 – €3,500 and assist groups with their environmental work and help with the overall aim of the competition.

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

For more information on the Limerick Going for Gold Competition, go HERE 

For more I Love Limerick stories on Limerick Going for Gold, go HERE 

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