IT was a golden day on the northside as St Munchin’s Community Centre was at its brightest for the Pride of Place judges.
Hundreds of people from across Kileely were at the community centre to welcome the judges from the national competition.
Linda Ledger, centre manager, took the opportunity to organise a community day, with a barbecue, face-painting - and some jelly and ice cream for good measure!
Two new businesses were also opened in the centre - one a photographic studio by local snapper John Hickey, and the other a beauty parlour, which was opened by Jean-Marie Stander, the wife of Munster flanker CJ.
He had donated Munster gear to be raffled off to raise money for the victims of the floods earlier this year.
And having visited the centre during this period, Jean-Marie said she was inspired.
She said the saying: ‘People will forget what you did, and forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel’ reminded her of Linda.
“She makes people feel worthy, and gives an opportunity to spur people on,” she noted.
The Pride of Place judges were also taken on a minibus tour of Kileely, taking in the Marian Shrine, the allotments, the area’s graveyard and Donnelan’s Field.