EIGHT local groups have been chosen as wildcards to compete in the grand final of this year’s Limerick Going for Gold in the Tidy Towns category.
The lucky groups will compete for a share of the €60,000 in prize funding, which will be distributed at the final which will be held in October in the Strand Hotel.
The eight wildcard entries include Tidy Towns associations from Athea, Bruff, Croom (Croom Community Development Association), Hospital, Kilfinane, Kilmallock, Kilteely, and Pallaskenry.
The wildcards will join Tidy Towns groups from Elton, Castleconnell, Askeaton, Patrickswell, and Oola, who were previously named as entries in the category by public vote.
The competition’s judges, who are busy at work between August and September adjudicating categories, say have added some new award categories this year to “recognise the trojan work undertaken by volunteers across Limerick city and county”.
Current categories include Tidy Towns, Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom (for pollinator-friendly planting and floral displays), Residential Areas, the Reuse Award, and Best Front Garden.
Limerick Going for Gold is run by Limerick City and County Council with sponsorship from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation. It is supported by the Limerick Post, Live 95, Limerick Leader, I Love Limerick, Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns, Southern Media Marketing Design, and the Parkway Shopping Centre.