Judges ready as Limerick ‘Goes for Gold’

Niamh Dillon

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Niamh Dillon

THE organisers of JP McManus-supported Limerick Going for Gold have revealed that Richard Lynch, Lorraine Power and David Hurley will be the judges of this year’s Limerick Going for Gold Tidy Towns category.

The judges met with the Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin in the People’s Park ahead of the competition which begins this week.

“Judging is always a difficult task - be it a colouring competition or Going for Gold. There is great work going on within communities across the city so Judging ‘Limerick Going for Gold’ will not be easy,” said Mayor McLoughlin.

Richard Lynch, who was voted the 2012 Limerick Person of the Year, said he is delighted to be associated with the Going for Gold campaign.

“It was truly an incredible experience to be involved last year. I saw first hand what can be achieved for Limerick when people come together to reach a common goal. It was very inspiring. My motto is ‘2+2=7’ and this is reflective of all the Limerick communities involved in this project,” he said.

David Hurley, a journalist with the Limerick Leader, wrote feature articles on each of the groups participating in last year’s initiative.

“Limerick Going for Gold is a great campaign. Its aim of motivating people to help make our City a cleaner brighter place to live and work is to be applauded. I have no doubt that judging Going for Gold will be a challenge, but it is one I am looking forward to.”

Lorraine Power, an environmental scientist, has a wide range of experience in delivering environmental awareness workshops to community groups, schools and business.

She has been a National Tidy Towns adjudicator since 2009.

“I am delighted to be involved with the Limerick Going for Gold Campaign. It complements the national Tidy Town’s competition beautifully and encourages active citizenship as well as being good for the environment,” she said.

Over the next six weeks, each of the participating communities will be featured in the Limerick Leader, Limerick Chronicle and on Live 95FM with members of the public being asked to vote for their favourite.

The judges will select four wildcards before the overall winner is announced in September.