Pictured above John Keane and John Sheehan, Cahernorry Burial Ground, accept the1st place in the Ancient category from Cathaoirleach Liam Galvin. Photo: Marie Keating.
Success for Cahernorry and Doon in the Burial Grounds Awards 2015. Burial grounds in Cahernorry and Doon have been named overall winners of the 2015 County Limerick Burial Grounds Awards which were announced at a ceremony held at The Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, County Limerick on Wednesday (9 December 2015).
Voluntary parish committees, community councils, groups and individuals from across County Limerick participated in the 8th annual awards scheme, which is organised by the Environment Section of Limerick City and County Council.
The awards scheme involves two categories, ancient and modern, and awarded individual winners for the County’s four areas, namely Operations North, Kilmallock, Newcastle West, Adare/Rathkeale.
Cahernorry Graveyard achieved the overall winner’s award in the Ancient section and Doon Graveyard was named the overall winner of the Modern section.
Councillor Liam Galvin, Mayor of Limerick City and County Council attended the awards ceremony and congratulated participants for their efforts to maintain burial grounds throughout the County during the year. He stated: “The Council’s Environment Section, which manages the County’s graveyards, depends very heavily on the combined hard work and commitment of community groups and individuals for the upkeep and maintenance of the County’s burial grounds.”
Burial Ground awards Electoral Area winners (Ancient section):1st Cahernorry Gravyeard, Ballyneety (overall category winner), 2nd Ballysimon Burial Ground, 3rd place Castletown Church (Doon) (OPERATIONS NORTH); 1st Old Abbey Burial Ground, 2nd Darragh Burial Ground, 3rd Bruree (Ballynoe) Old Burial Ground (KILMALLOCK); 1st Kileedy Burial Ground, 2nd Abbeyfeale (The Square) Burial Ground, 3rd Templeglantine Burial Ground (NEWCASTLE WEST) and 1st Robertstown Burial Ground, 2nd St. Nicholas Burial Ground, 3rd Lismakeery Burial Ground (Rathkeale).
Burial Ground awards Electoral Area winners (Modern section):1st Doon Burial Ground (New) (overall category winner), 2nd place Abington Burial Ground, 3rd Caherconlish New Burial Ground (OPERATIONS NORTH); 1st Kildimo Burial Ground, 2nd Banogue Burial Ground 3rd Kilcornan Burial Ground, (RATHKEALE); 1st Castletown Conyers Burial Ground 2nd Caherelly Burial Ground, 3rd Kilteely Burial Ground (KILMALLOCK), and 1st St. Mary’s Abbeyfeale, 2nd Kinard Burial Ground, 3rd Tournafulla Glengort, (NEWCASTLE WEST).
While at the same event winners of Limerick’s Golden Mile Competition were also announced. The overall winner is the L1571 in Ballingaddy, Kilmallock as nominated by Kilmallock Tidy Towns. Second place was awarded to the L1154 in Kilteely as nominated by Kilteely Tidy Towns. Other communities represented in this year’s competition include Templeglantine, Broadford, Bruff, Knockainey, Ahane, Ballylanders, Kilbeheny, and Glenbrohane. For information on each entry refer to www.limerick.ie/council/
The Golden Mile Competition is open to community groups, or groups of neighbours living on rural county/local roads that recognise outstanding, interesting walks in the countryside. Communities are encouraged to look at nature, biodiversity, flora and fauna on the road, the built heritage including traditional gateways, bridges, traditional stone walls, houses and farm buildings, and history, folklore, and legends associated with the road.
The objective of the competition is to encourage rural communities to identify pleasant local county roadscapes, and to promote best practice in the recording and management of rural heritage features such as natural hedgerows, biodiversity, traditional buildings and structures.
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