Limerick Going for Gold judges announced

For Immediate Release
Monday, 19 August 2013

Limerick Going for Gold judges announced

Limerick, IRELAND – Limerick Going for Gold today announced that Caroline Curley of Limerick City Council, DavidHurley of TheLimerickLeader newspaper and National TidyTowns adjudicatorNick Condon will judge the TidyTowns category of this year’s competition.

Organised by Limerick City Council in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Limerick Going for Gold encourages businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas by getting involved in the National TidyTowns Competition and generally improving their areas and reducing the impact of litter across the City.

The Going for Gold TidyTowns Category is well underway with live interviews taking place on Live 95FM with accompanying weekly coverage in the Limerick Leader, Limerick Chronicle and Limerick Post newspapers. The three additional competition categories include Community Challenge, Individual Merit and Most Beautiful Front Garden, the closing date for which has been extended to Tuesday, 27th August 2013.

The newly announced judges today met with the Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin in King John's Castle. Mayor Leddin stated: “I would like to thank the judges for their contribution to the Limerick Going for Gold Campaign.  Judging is never an easy task and I am grateful to them for taking on this ask. There is great work going on within communities across the city - Judging ‘Limerick Going for Gold’ 2013 will be a real challenge.”

David Hurley, a well known journalist with The Limerick Leader, wrote feature articles on each of the groups participating in last year’s initiative. He said: “Judging Going for Gold 2013 will not be easy, but I am looking forward to seeing the work communities have undertaken for this year's campaign.”

Caroline Curley Director of Service, Limerick City and County Council, added: “This is my first year being a judge in the Going for Gold campaign. It is inspiring to see how motivated limerick communities are to make Limerick a cleaner brighter place to work live and visit. Best of luck to all the communities taking part.”

Fellow judge Nick Condonhasawiderangeofexperiencein adjudicating TidyTowns across Ireland. He commented: “IamdelightedtobeinvolvedwiththeLimerickGoingforGoldCampaign. Itcomplementsthenational TidyTownscompetitionbeautifullyandencouragesactivecitizenship.”

TheGoingforGoldjudgeshaveanumberofimportantduties, the first of whichwillbetopickfourWildCardFinalistsintheGoingforGoldTidyTownscategory.TheseWildCardswillbechosenfromthosewhodonotwinthe Weekly TextVotesonLive95FM over the next few weeks.  Following this, it willbeuptothejudgesto adjudicate all nine Limerick Going for Gold TidyTowns category finalists(5fromtextvotes / 4wildcards).

The Limerick Going for Gold Grand Final takes place in September and will feature the founder of the ILoveLimerick website, Richard Lynch, as the master of ceremonies. The overall winner of the Tidy Towns category will be decided based on 50% TidyTowns marks and 50% judges’ marks.

Other categories:

Community Challenge Category (groups not participating in the TidyTowns Competition):
If you have a positive initiative happening in your community then download an application form from  The Community Challenge Category is open to all community groups and resident associations from Limerick City and environs.

Individual Merit Award:
If you would like to acknowledge someone’s (adult or child) individual commitment to making their community a cleaner and brighter place to live, Going for Gold want to hear about it.  All you need to do is complete the Going for Gold application form which may be downloaded from and is available on request from or 061-496367.

Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition (garden must be visible from the public road):
To enter the Going for Gold Garden Competition and be in with a chance to win a share of a prize fund to the value of €1,000 sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre send a completed application form and a maximum of 3 photos to (email) or via post to 'Limericks Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition’, Managers Office, Parkway Shopping Centre, Dublin Rd., Limerick.

For further information on Going for Gold visit / or contact the Going for Gold office at 061-407225 /

Last update:19/08/2013