Excitement is building in communities across the city as the Limerick Going for Gold campaign approaches its conclusion.
Over the past few weeks, six communities qualified for the grand final of the competition having been selected in a weekly public text-vote.
The panel of judges - David Hurley, Richard Lynch and Lorraine Power - met at City Hall last week to choose an additional four wildcard entries who will also go on to contest next week’s grand final.
The tene finalsts are Spring Grove (week 1), Mount Gerard Court (week 2), Castletroy View (week 3), Delmege Park (week 4), Janesboro (week 5), Caherdavin (week 6), Annacotty (wildcard), Carabullawn (wildcard), Garryowen (wildcard) and Woodlawn Park (wildcard).
Lorraine Power, a Tidy Towns adjudicator, said the judges took a number of factors into account in selecting the wildcards.
“We looked at things like the amount of community support in each location, what has been achieved during the process and what improvements have been made since last year,” she said.
Meanwhile the shortlist of finalists in the “other groups” category has also been announced.
They are: Abundant Life, Clareview, Glantan, Gouldavoher, Log na gCapall, Limerick Civic Trust, Meadowbrook, Monaleen Park, Presentation Primary School, St Joseph’s Place and St Vincent Care Centre, Lisnagry
Separately the shortlist of finalists has been revealed in the Individual Merit Award categories and in the Best Garden competition, which is sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre.
Dermot Lynch (Lower Careys Road), Kate Hanrahan (Ashbourne Park, Courtbrack Avenue) and Michael Meagher (Walnut Court, Kennedy Park), will all be hoping their garden will be voted best at next week’s presentation ceremony.
“It was such a joy to review the Most Creative Garden Competition Applications. As an amateur gardener it is inspiring to see what others are doing in their own gardens,” said Roger Beck of the Parkway Shopping Centre.
The finalists in the Individual Merit Award category are: Michael McNamara, Annacotty; Eileen Costello, Carraballawn; Rachael Rice, Janesboro; Rose Ryan, Moyross; Eugene Ryan, Carn na Ree; Lee Casey, O’Malley Park; Johnny Gardiner, Our Lady of Lourdes; Ita O’Sullivan, Southville / Gurteen; Seamus Woods and George Carroll,Woodlawn Park.
“I am delighted with the response to the Going for Gold Individual Merit Award. Twenty-nine nominations were received and it is wonderful to learn about the unsung hero’s who make a selfless contribution to local communities and our city,” said Caroline Curley, director of service at Limerick City Council.
The grand final of the Limerick Going for Gold competition takes place at City Hall on September 18, next.