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Playing our part in helping Limerick shine like gold

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Attending the annual Going for Gold awards recently at the
Strand Hotel it was striking to see the wonderful sense of community present in
the room. So many different groups from across the city gathered not only in
anticipation of who would come out on top but more to celebrate the sense of
community spirit that the Going for Gold awards has nurtured since its
inception in 2012.
Attending the Going for Gold awards at Limerick Strand Hotel. Photo: Oisin McHugh
Going for Gold has one simple mission – to make Limerick
city a cleaner and brighter place to live, work and visit. In partnership with
the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Limerick City and County Council have
developed Going for Gold into a wonderful annual contest that raises
environmental awareness as well as promoting positive citizen engagement.
In recent months so many people have commented on how well
Limerick is looking. This is no coincidence. All you need do is wander the
streets to notice businesses investing in hanging flower baskets outside their
premises, streets being painted, new signage being erected and roads being
swept.
It would be very easy for us all to think that it is simply
the job of the local authority to maintain our city. What really makes the
difference are those of us who live, work or play in Limerick city doing our
own bit to improve how our city appears.
Miriam O’Neill receives monthly Tidy Towns award from Sharon Slater
I was delighted to hear this week that C O’Neill on Upper
William St was this month’s recipient of the monthly Limerick City Tidy Town
award. One evening last week I met Miriam O’Neill who runs the family owned
fruit and vegetable shop which has been trading in Limerick since 1932. You
just have to take one look at the shop to know that it is run with care and
pride.
Miriam exudes a sense of pride in her business. Last year
she invested in a new store design that attempts to recreate the old atmosphere
of the local grocer. Her investment has paid off. Not only has her investment
created a sustainable future for her business, it has brightened the street and
brought a smile to the face of anyone who crossed her threshold.
Miriam O’Neill is just one example of the many people who
are making a huge effort to show pride in their businesses and their city. Not
all of us can afford an entirely new store design but it doesn’t take much to
make even the smallest of difference.
Along with groups like Limerick Civic Trust, Limerick Tidy
Towns and the parks and environment departments of Limerick City and County
Council there is a strong sense of working together to create a brighter,
cleaner place to live.
Caherdavin – overall winners of Going for Gold 2014. Photo: I Love Limerick
As I watched the joyous celebration by Caherdavin as they
scooped first prize at the Going for Gold awards last week I was struck by how
many young people were part of the team. This bodes well for our future.
Have you asked yourself how you can play your part?

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