Limerick City Tidy Towns are reflecting on a very successful year, following receipt of a 6th bronze medal in the national Supervalu Tidy Towns Awards 2023 with an increase of 14 points over last year’s mark
Limerick Tidy Towns success at Supervalu Tidy Towns Awards 2023 and Ireland’s Best Kept Towns 2023 adjudicator’s report says Limerick City Centre is an “exciting and vibrant travel destination” and offers an “unforgettable experience”
Limerick City Centre is an “exciting and vibrant travel destination” and offers an “unforgettable experience” is the General Impression of the Ireland’s Best Kept Towns 2023 adjudicator, whose report was issued this week, following Limerick City Tidy Towns’ nomination in the competition’s Large Urban Centre category earlier this year.
The generally positive report notes Limerick city centre’s “pleasant streetscapes” and “attractive shop fronts” while also commenting that “the overall presentation of the riverside is excellent between Thomond Bridge and Shannon Bridge.”
The comments are being welcomed by Limerick City Tidy Towns who are reflecting on a very successful year, following receipt of a 6th bronze medal in the national Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition with an increase of 14 points over last year’s mark. They were also honoured to be nominated in the Large Urban Centre category in the all-island “Ireland’s Best Kept Towns 2023” awards, which recognises the efforts made by volunteers and local communities in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition in the Republic and the Best Kept competition in Northern Ireland.
Helen O’Donnell, LCTT chairperson, and other members of the Committee were delighted to be invited to both Awards Ceremonies, the first of which was Ireland’s Best Kept Towns 2023 Awards which took place in Farmleigh House in June, and of course the national Supervalu Tidy Towns competition in Croke Park in October.
Helen says, “2023 has been a particularly pleasing year for us, as we are starting to finally see the fruits of our work over the past 12 years. We have seen a big increase in volunteers since we first started with a relatively small crew back in 2011, and now have a regular team who meet every Sunday morning all year round, as well as Wednesday evenings during summer months. We are a very diverse and enthusiastic group, who have formed strong connections with each other and a great pride in our city, whether on the street litter-picking, weeding, or behind the scenes preparing our application, maintaining our website and updating our social media.”
Helen continues: “Great thanks and acknowledgement must of course also go to Limerick City and County Council who clean our streets and collect our bags, maintain our public parks and streetscapes and play such a big role in our success. Thanks must also go to the businesses and residents in the city who take pride in their own appearance, which is a huge help to our endeavours.”
The Tidy Towns team were particularly pleased with the comments on the adjudicators reports for both competitions, particularly the Ireland’s Best Kept Towns 2023 report which they received only this week, as it was clear that the adjudicator could see beyond the construction works which were happening during both of their visits in May. To quote from the report “No litter was noted in Limerick City Centre during adjudication days. This is commendable””
Helen says, “Given that one of the visits happened on a Sunday means that a lot of the credit for this must go to our wonderful Sunday morning team, who deserve great praise for the work they do, week on week”.
While delighted with their success in 2023, the Limerick City Tidy Towns team will not rest on their laurels and will continue to strive to hopefully move from bronze to silver in the national competition. There are exciting projects planned for 2024, not only in tidiness and sustainability but also on maintaining our wonderful heritage and encouraging nature and biodiversity to thrive in our beautiful city. For this they need the help of all businesses and residents in the city, so please do get in touch to volunteer.
The closing comments from both Adjudicators Reports are hugely encouraging, and show what a bright future Limerick city has:
From the Supervalu National Tidy Towns 2023 Adjudicators Report:
“Limerick is on the move! And Limerick Tidy Towns are part of that move and with all its partners. It is also good that Limerick City Council is proactively part of that drive too – to make this city a better place to live, work and play in.”
From the Irelands Best Kept Towns 2023 Adjudicators Report:
“Limerick City Centre is an exciting and vibrant travel destination, and no doubt offers quality of life opportunities to its residents also. There is a rich cultural heritage made accessible through a variety of media that makes the city an unforgettable experience.”