MulkearLIFE learnt with great delight of the results of the Limerick ‘Going for Gold’ campaign this week in which Annacotty came in second place overall. This resulted in the Tidy Towns Committee in Annacotty village picking up a nice tidy cheque of €10,000.
The ‘Going for Gold’ campaign funded by the JP McManus Charitable Foundation
The competition was a major campaign to encourage businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas in a bid to make Limerick city and suburbs Ireland’s cleanest city. Limerick City Council, in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, sought the involvement of all communities to go the extra mile in improving their areas. The ‘Going for Gold’ campaign consisted of three separate categories including City Centre Businesses, Tidy Towns 2012 Entrants and Environmental Grant recipients/Individuals. All were able to compete for the €50,000 ‘Going for Gold’ prize fund to spend on improvements in their local areas.
Annacotty Tidy Towns Committee member in action (Image: Yvonne Ryan)
Resulting clean-up (Image: Yvonne Ryan)
Members of the MCV and Annacotty Tidy Towns Committee (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The second place finish by Annacotty is a testament to the hard work by the Tidy Town Committee and the dedication and hard work of local members. From the perspective of the Mulkear River, the award is also a wonderful endorsement of the work of people in the village. They have taken ownership of the Mulkear River and have taken the river into their everyday lives in the village.
Off-loading of native Irish specimen trees in Annacotty (Image: Yvonne Ryan)
Preparing the ground in Annacotty (Image: Yvonne Ryan)
Planting of a variety of native Irish specimen trees (Image: Kevin O’Gorman)
Rather than turning their back on the river, as is so often the case in many parts of the world where beautiful rivers run through villages, towns and cities, they have embraced all that that is beneficial and inspiring about the majestic Mulkear River as it runs through the village of Annacotty.
LIFE celebrations in Annacotty, May 2012
The ‘Going for Gold’ award for Annacotty, is also a verification of the nature of the exceptional partnership between MulkearLIFE/ Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Annacotty Tidy Towns Committee together with the support role played by the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers along river bank sites and the role of MulkearLIFE’s project partner Limerick County Council at the MulkearLIFE mural site.
Lisnagry NS students with Minister of Finance, Michael Noonan in Annacotty in May
Janesboro was selected as the overall winner and Caherdavin was third place winner in the Limerick ‘Going for Gold’ campaign. A cheque for €5,000 was also presented the Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns committee in recognition of its sterling work.
MulkearLIFE would like to offer its sincere congratulations to all the members of Annacotty Tidy Towns for their wonderful achievement in the ‘Going For Gold’ campaign.