Limerick Going for Gold 2024 rewarding local communities

Going for Gold was launched by Mayor of Limerick City and County, John Moran in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish. He is pictured with Aidan Finn, Helen Kennelly, Cahill Brody and Kate Janeczek, Limerick City and County Council, Dr Gerry Boland and Helen O'Donnell, JP McManus Foundation and Richard Lynch, I Love Limerick. (Pic: Keith Wiseman)

Judging will soon get underway in the annual Limerick Going for Gold competition, which encourages communities to be environmentally aware and keep their neighbourhoods tidy.

Launched by the Mayor of Limerick, John Moran and Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Limerick Going for Gold 2024 will have a top prize of €10,000 and other monetary prizes are up for grabs this year.

Additionally, a prize fund of nearly €60,000 in grant assistance has been distributed to local communities already this year through the Going for Gold initiative. Grants of between €200 and €3,000 have assisted community groups to improve biodiversity, litter management, pollinator friendly planting while also highlighting the need to protect our heritage and environment.

Aiming to recognise and acknowledge the vital contributions of communities to make Limerick a cleaner place to live, socialise, work and visit, the county wide competition assists in the transition of Limerick in to an environmentally sustainable, low carbon and climate resilient society. 


Judges will focus on litter control and upkeep of green areas, pollinator friendly planting, sustainable planting, overall impression and biodiversity. 

In 2024, Limerick Going for Gold will distribute over €60,000 in prizes across a number of categories including: TidyTowns category – must have entered the TidyTowns 2024 national competition; Limerick Bee Friendly in Bloom – open to all TidyTowns groups who have not won a prize in TidyTowns category, plus groups who did not enter TidyTowns 2024 or do not have a group; Residential areas – estates and similar areas; Endeavour award – Groups that has come to the judges attention and deemed worthy of an endeavour award; and the Reuse Award – A group/community/club etc which has come to the attention of Limerick City and County Council for preventing waste or encouraging the prevention of waste by the means of Reuse

An annual competition managed by Limerick City and County Council with sponsorship from JP McManus Charitable Foundation, the prize giving ceremony for Limerick Going for Gold will take place in October.