Castletroy View Wins the Final of the €50,000 Community Challenge in Limerick

Castletroy View Wins the Final of the €50,000 Community Challenge in Limerick

Wednesday 7th Sept, 2011
There were jubilant celebrations in City Hall, Limerick this morning (Wednesday) as the residents of Castletroy View won the top prize in the €50K Community Challenge. 
A total of six communities made the final of the Community Challenge which had a prize pool of €50K courtesy of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation.

Gerry Boland from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation made the announcement in front of a live audience in Istabraq Hall in Limerick City Hall which was broadcast on Limerick’s Live 95FM.

“We are absolutely thrilled and over the moon,” said Maggie Jardine, Castletroy View Tidy Towns committee. “This is really the icing on the cake for us, it was great fun being involved and we’re so happy that we took the top prize. We intend to use the money to screen  off a derelict retail site near our estate, plant some new trees and reclaim our green area- we’re also going to have a celebratory BBQ!” she added.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long said the Community Challenge has been a huge success. 
“When Limerick City Council embarked on this project with the JP McManus Foundation, Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM we had four main aims,” he said. “To raise awareness of environmental issues, to get people involved in their own areas, to make a physical difference in communities and to have some fun.  I am delighted to see that our communities have taken these aims to heart.  I look forward to seeing this initiative grow in 2012.’

Everyone was a winner in the €50,000 Community Challenge:
1.    Castletroy View won the top prize of €15,000
2.    Spring Grove in second place won €10,000
3.    Caherdavin won €6,000
4.    Woodlawn won €4,000
5.    Westfields won €3,000
6.    Moyross won €3,000

Each of the remaining six participants (College Gate, Ballygrennan, Distillery View, Watergate, Janesboro and Kings Island) received €1500 for participating in the challenge. 

The judging panel included David Hurley, Limerick Leader journalist, Richard Lynch from and Lorraine Power, a former National Tidy Towns judge.

“Castletroy View deserved their victory as it was a 100% voluntary effort involving the whole community,” said judge Lorraine Power. “The residents had a true vision of what they want to achieve for their area which is spotless. There was a real pride of place evident and a wonderful feeling of community spirit and they thoroughly deserved their victory.”

A total of twelve communities took part in the challenge. The competition took on an X factor feel as finalists were chosen by popular vote over a four week period. 

The Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM were key partners in the event.

The popular vote finalists were: Westfields, Spring Grove, Woodlawn and Caherdavin. The last two finalists were chosen by the Community Challenge Panel of Judges.  The wildcards were chosen – Castletroy View and Moyross bringing the total finalists to six.

The 12 communities participating in the €50K Community Challenge had all entered the Tidy Towns 2011 competition for the first time with support and encouragement from the Environment Department of Limerick City Council. 
The JP McManus Foundation has also come on board with an additional initiative to encourage these areas to go the extra mile with the launch of the €50k Limerick Community Challenge.

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Last update:16/09/2011