Limerick continued its impressive track record of success in the IPB Pride of Place Competition at the 13th annual awards ceremony held in Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday 14th November 2015.
Kilteely was named Overall Winner in the category for population centres of up to 300 people.
Scanlon Park in Castleconnell was named Runner-Up in the Housing Estates Category.
Limerick was also represented by Bruff-based BGM Community Council Ltd. in the category for population centres over 2,000 and Tait House Community Enterprise in the Cities - Age Friendly Initiative category.
In July 2015 IPB Pride of Place Competition judges visited the four Limerick communities and projects participating in the all-island initiative this year.
Bruff, Kilteely, Tait House (Southill) and Scanlon Park (Castleconnell) were a hive of activity on 9th & 10th July as competition judges Donal Connolly from Waterford and Rita McNulty from Sligo inspected their work!
Highlights of the judges' visit to Bruff on 9th July included a tour of the old convent, which is being renovated into the Kirby O’Sullivan Sports Complex, Bruff GAA Grounds, the Community Café, and the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre, which shows the connection between Bruff and Fitzgerald- Kennedy Family.
In the afternoon, the judges received a warm welcome in Kilteely where they undertook a tour of the village showing Cill Bhride Housing Association, the Jubilee Gardens and the refurbished Community Centre. The judges also met with community groups and organisations, as well as students and teachers from both schools in the Parish, before concluding their visit with a traditional Irish evening of song, drama and dance at The Teach in Cloverfield.
Tait House, Southill
On 10th July the judges visited Tait House in Southill and heard about the befriending service it provides to the older adults in Southill and also viewed the range of services provided to the older adults in the area. The judges were also taken on a tour of O’Malley/Kincora Park and Keyes/Carew Park and finished up with a tour of Colivet Court Housing Scheme in Southill, which has been specifically designed for older adults.
Scanlon Park, Castleconnell
Judging was completed with a visit to Scanlon Park, Castleconnell that afternoon. Judges met with residents in the ACM Community Centre and were brought on a tour of Scanlon Park where they viewed the community allotments and landscaping works undertaken by the residents. The day concluded with a visit to the Sports Day and Barbeque at Lisnagry Soccer Club, which adjoins the estate.