Going for Gold Categories

All Limerick Going for Gold Categories are under review. This page will be updated as soon as this is complete.

Going for gold

There are various categories in the Limerick Going for Gold Environment Improvement Grant & Competition 2019. 

  • Champions Category
  • Challenge Category (with various related subcategories)
  • Limerick in Bloom (with various related subcategories)
  • Tidy Towns Incentive (for groups  whose results are eligible to be to be listed in the 2018 Tidy Towns Results Book)                                        
  • Best Front Garden Competition (organised & sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre)
  • Residential Areas (including estates)
Best front garden
Limerick in Bloom

Champions Category

A new category has been added for 2018. The Champions Category will include previous winners of the top prize in the Limerick Going for Gold Challenge Category (or equivalent).

This category will include the following groups:

  • 2017 - Adare Tidy Towns
  • 2016 - Glin Tidy Towns
  • 2015 - Castleconnell Tidy Towns
  • 2014 - Caherdavin Tidy Towns
  • 2013 - Annacotty Tidy Towns
  • 2012 - Janesboro Tidy Towns
  • 2011 - Castletroy View Residents Association (competition precursor to Limerick Going for Gold)

How the Limerick Going for Gold Champions Category will work:

  • Each of the Champion areas will be awarded a starting fund
  • For each item of litter seen on judging day a certain amount of money will be deducted from the starting amount 
  • The more items of litter found, the more is lost from the starting fund   
  • Anything “lost” goes into a winner’s pot and will be awarded to the Champion of Champions for 2018. This will be the area with the least litter on the day/s of judging.
  • There will be other runner up and incentive prizes in this category
  • The groups will be given a number of dates over when judges/assessors may visit 

Going for Gold Challenge Category

This category (with various related sub-categories) is open to all groups including those that have entered Tidy Towns and may have various related subcategories. Winners of the preceding year’s Overall Prize of €10,000 are not eligible to be considered for this category. It is expected that this category will run similar to previous years (see below) and applicants will be informed of any relevant changes or updates if necessary. 

Some of the elements that may be involved in the judging of this category are as follows:

  • Desktop review of all applications
  • Site visits
  • Live 95 fm interviews and text voting  
  • Visit by Limerick Going for Gold  judges

A variety of items will be considered in relation to the judging of this category including:

  • General absence of litter from the areas including approach roads
  • Features of approach roads to area, village or town
  • Planting
  • Trees
  • Details of additional works undertake since previous year if applicable
  • Project for which Limerick Going for Gold Environment grant aid was provided
  • Application form received
  • Any other aspects that the judges may consider relevant

Limerick in Bloom Category

This Category (with various related sub-categories) is open to all groups. If you wish to be considered for the Limerick in Bloom Category a map outlining the location of planting schemes may included with the Application Form.

This category relates to appropriate planting and floral displays, use of colour, perennial planting and planting schemes that attract biodiversity.   Hanging baskets, window boxes are relevant in this section. 

Tidy Towns Incentive Category 

This category is open to groups that have entered the National Tidy Towns Competition in 2018 and whose results are eligible to be listed in the Tidy Towns Handbook.  

This category will be based on Tidy Towns results and prizes will be awarded under over a number of headings.

Important note: In this category if you win any one element you may not be eligible to win a second element.

Best Front Garden Competition

This category requires completion of an additional application form. 

The Parkway Shopping Centre, Childers Road, Limerick provide the application form along with sponsoring and judging this category of the competition. If you would like to enter a garden in your area for this competition please tick the box on page 3 of the application form and an application form will be sent to you.

Residential Areas (including estates) 

This category is open to....

Shortlisting of applications may be required in some or all categories of the competition.