Athea wins Limerick in Bloom competition

Henry Moran, Mike Aherne and Damien Aherne from Athea being presented with the Limerick in Bloom overall award by the Cathaoirleach of Limerick City & County Council, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, and Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation. [Picture:Diarmuid Greene/Fusionshooters].
For the second year running, the West Limerick village of Athea has been named the overall winner of the Limerick In Bloom competition.

For the second year running, the West Limerick village of Athea has been named the overall winner of the Limerick In Bloom competition.

More than 40 community groups from across County Limerick were honoured for their participation in the annual competition, now in its seventh year, at an awards ceremony held at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare.

Limerick City and County Council, in conjunction with sponsor JP McManus Foundation, once again hosted this year’s competition which serves as a motivational mechanism for small local-based groups throughout the County to enhance the visual impact of their settlements by means of flower, tree and shrub planting.

Along with being named overall winner, Athea Tidy Towns Committee picked up first prize in its category while St Ita’s Voluntary Housing Association in Abbeyfeale, Ardpatrick Tidy Towns, Hospital Tidy Towns and Slugaire Residents Association in Dooradoyle were named winners of their respective categories.

Cllr. Kevin Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council also congratulated the Limerick In Bloom participants for making the competition a real celebration of community spirit, teamwork and awareness of the natural environment.

“While Limerick City and County Council is responsible for the delivery of a range of public services, it also has a responsibility to assist residents associations, businesses and voluntary groups to enhancing their local communities. Limerick In Bloom is one such vehicle for achieving this and we are delighted to officially recognise those communities and groups that have committed themselves to improving the visual appearance of their localities,” he said.

Gerry Boland of the JP Mc Manus Foundation also praised the Limerick In Bloom Competition and its participants for “making an invaluable contribution to the overall appearance of their local communities.”

He continued: “We are delighted to recognise and endorse the efforts of local communities in working towards the improvement of the beauty and natural environment of Limerick as a whole.”

Limerick In Bloom adjudication took place during the summer and considered such factors as colour, size, variety, location and appropriateness of the various planting schemes along with the management of litter.

Competition categories are based on population size with a first, second and third prize in each category of €1000, €500 and €300 respectively. The Overall Winner receives an additional €500.

Meanwhile, Limerick In Bloom participants who entered in the 2014 National Tidy Towns Competition were also officially recognised at the awards ceremony. Prizes were awarded to the best performing towns and villages in each of the 2014 Tidy Towns Competition.

Four awards of €1,000 were presented to groups in the following categories: Highest Overall Score (Adare); Tidiness & Litter Control (Feenagh); Sustainable Waste & Resource Management (Kilmallock); Landscaping (Ardpatrick);

Awards of €500 were presented to Broadford (Wildlife and Natural Amenities) and Galbally (Community Involvement and Planning)

Limerick in Bloom winners

Category 1 (population of under 300) was won by Ardpatrick Tidy Towns followed by Anglesborough Tidy Towns and Kilmeedy Community Development Group (Joint 2nd), and Kilteely Tidy Towns (3rd).

Category 2 (population of 301-700) was won by Athea Tidy Towns Committee followed by Kilfinane Tidy Towns and Galbally Tidy Towns in Second and Third Place respectively.

Category 3 (population more than 700) was won by Hospital Tidy Towns with Kilmallock Tidy Towns and Castleconnell Tidy Towns finishing in Second and Third Place respectively.

Category 4 (for Housing Estates) was won by Slugaire Residents Association in Dooradoyle. Cappamore Estates Committee and The Village Residents Association in Adare finished in Joint 2nd place while Forest View Residents Association in Kilfinane was named in 3rd place.