Bedford Row Winners

Monday, December 21st 2009

Brown Thomas, O’Connell’s Butchers and Tom Tailor have been announced as the winners of a festive competition to find the best kept street front on Limerick’s pedestrianised zone.

Limerick City Council invited traders on Thomas Street, Bedford Row and Little Catherine Street to take part in the competition where businesses would be rewarded for having the best kept “front of” premises.

Brown Thomas was judged to have the cleanest shopfront on Thomas Street with runners up O’Connell’s Butchers, Little Catherine Street and Tom Tailor, Bedford Row.

Other highly commended winners included:

  • Bedford Row : City Central Shoes, Diesel, Limerick Travel
  • Thomas St: Tadhg Kearney Jewellers, Tony Clarke’s Bookshop, Threads, Bella Italia
  • Little Catherine St: Paper Dolls, Olio & Farina

All 12 businesses were represented at the Mayor’s Office in City Hall today (Monday) to be awarded certificates and One For All gift vouchers to share amongst their staff as a “thank you” from Limerick City Council.

The competition was judged by Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely and also included Paul Foley, Senior Executive Officer, Limerick City Council, Melissa Dillon, Environmental Inspector and Laura Ryan, Limerick Co-Ordination Office.

Limerick City Council got the ball rolling earlier this month by distributing free brushes and pans to all businesses in the three streets.
Mayor Kevin Kiely said that he was impressed with the effort made by all the traders who took part in the competition. “It was a pleasure to walk along Bedford Row, Thomas Street and Little Catherine Street and see the work that retailers have put into maintaining their front of premises,” he said. “As a City Council, we were determined to promote Limerick’s City Centre as the place to visit and shop this Christmas with free parking initiatives and this competition. The traders have worked very well with us during the year and this is a small measure of recognition for their co-operation.”

Limerick City Council, Senior Executive Officer, Paul Foley, said the competition was a pilot project which hopefully will be rolled out to other parts of the city.
“Shop owners have made a huge effort to keep their premises tidy,” he said. “The Street washing programme on these streets has also progressed quite efficiently and this is a perfect way  that traders in Little Catherine Street, Thomas Street and Bedford Row can  reward their staff who have worked so hard for them all year.”

Last update:21/12/2009