National award for works at Limerick’s Baggot Estate

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick City Council’s Environment Department has received national recognition for its works to upgrade the Baggot Estate in Ballinacurra.

Limerick City Council’s Environment Department has received national recognition for its works to upgrade the Baggot Estate in Ballinacurra.

The project, which was nominated by Limerick Chamber, won a prestigious award at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

The awards, which were established a decade ago, showcase best practice in local government and highlight some of the great projects that local authorities are undertaking across the county.

The project at Baggot Estate was undertaken in response to local concerns about antisocial behaviour in the locality.

As part of the works at Baggot Estate, the wetlands were developed in conjunction with the Office of Public Works. Recreational walkways were upgraded and public exercise equipment was also installed.

The project has also been shortlisted for the National Forestry Awards by the RDS Horticultural Society.

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry Mcloughlin says the project was deserving of the award.

“This is wonderful honour - not just for Limerick City Council but indeed for Limerick city. This amenity serves the people of Ballinacurra, Dooradoyle Ballykeefe, Raheen and the wider Southern Environs very well,” he said.

Paul Foley, Senior Executive Officer with the City Council’s environment department has thanked all those who help ensure the project was a success.

“A sincere thank you to Gordon Kearney, and Maria Kelly at the Limerick Chamber for their support in nominating us for this award. Also [thanks to] the local councillors, residents, Summerville Rovers AFC and Ballinacurra Gaels GAA who engaged very constructively on the ground,” he said.