Major Success for Athea!
Last Wednesday night was a very proud night for Athea as we gathered at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare together with 43 other communities from right across Limerick to hear the results of the Limerick in Bloom Competition. Limerick County Council, in conjunction with sponsor JP McManus Foundation, once again hosted this year’s competition which serves as a motivational mechanism for small local-based groups throughout the County to enhance the visual impact of their settlements by means of flower, tree and shrub planting.
Limerick In Bloom adjudication took place during July and considered such factors as colour, size, variety, location and appropriateness of the various planting schemes along with the management of litter.
Category 1 for community groups in towns and villages with a population of under 300 was won by Ardpatrick Tidy Towns followed by Kilteely Tidy Towns and Knockainey Tidy Towns in Second and Third Place respectively. Category 2 representing towns and villages with a population of 301-700 was won by Athea Tidy Towns Committee followed by Broadford Development Association (2nd), Pallasgreen Residents Association and Oola Tidy Towns (Joint 3rd).
Having won Second in our category in 2012, we were delighted to receive first place this year, in only our third year in existence. We were then presented with a certificate, glass trophy and a cheque for €1000.
Next came the announcement of the overall winner of the Limerick in Bloom Competition for 2013. As we waited to hear the result, we never expected to beat such high performers as Ardpatrick and Adare which are very high scorers in the Tidy Towns Competition. It is true to say we were absolutely speechless when Athea Tidy Towns was announced as the overall winner of the Limerick In Bloom Competition 2013. We were then presented with a further cheque for €500 and the Magnificent Limerick in Bloom Trophy.
As we lifted the trophy with pride, we took a moment to think back on the many nights of planting, weeding, watering and of course the midges!
This was indeed a huge achievement for our parish and something we should all be very proud of. Big thanks to everyone who contributed towards this success and we look forward to even better things in 2014.
Our trophies were on proud display at our Church gate collection last weekend where the fantastic amount of €1,325 was raised. Once again your generosity surprised us all. Mile buíochas le gach duine