Five decades on, the city tidy towns and garden competition in blooming good shape

Eileen Lennon, 11 Holly Grove, Lisbeg Lawn, overall winner - First time entrant  of the Galway City Council Tidy Towns and Garden Competition 2010. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Eileen Lennon, 11 Holly Grove, Lisbeg Lawn, overall winner - First time entrant of the Galway City Council Tidy Towns and Garden Competition 2010. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

The results of this year’s Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden Competition have been announced. The overall winner of the Front Garden Competition was Mary Crowe, Ballagh. First prize in the Front Garden - City Council Estate category was awarded to John Connaughton, St. James’ Crescent. The best first time entrant was Eileen Lennon, Renmore. The winners of the Best Window Boxes/Floral Display category were Carolyn Shiels, Oaklands and Bernie Comber, Blakes Lane. Seamus King, St. James’ Crescent won the Best Lawns category.

Oaklands was awarded Best Residential Area, 20-50 houses. Carragh was awarded Best Residential Area, 50-150 houses and Renmore was named as the Best Residential Area with 150 houses or more. The Residential estate with best maintenance of public open spaces was Glenina Heights. The winner in the City Council Estate category was Monivea Park and Spires Garden was awarded Best Flower/Shrub Beds in a Residential Area. The Community Group category winner was Sliding Rock, St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla.

St John the Apostle Church, Knocknacarra won the Best Church category. David and Rita Lenihan, Gentian Hill were awarded Best Registered Guest House. Winners in the Public and Commercial Buildings category included the Ardilaun Hotel, Treasure Chest, Coral Haven Nursing Home and Village Fireplaces, Castlegar. Scoil Chroi Iosa, Newcastle Road were awarded best school garden.

On announcing the results, Sharon Carroll, Environment Education Officer, Galway City Council commended all entrants for their efforts in enhancing their local area.

“Many people don’t realise the amount of work carried out, on a voluntary basis, throughout Galway city to maintain and enhance the appearance of residential areas and estates. It is important that, through initiatives such as the Tidy Towns and Garden Competition, this work can be acknowledged and rewarded.”

“Next year, Galway Tidy Towns will be 50 years old and we are looking for ideas and suggestions on how we can improve the competition and increase entries. Anyone interested in getting involved can call me on (091 ) 536564.”

Continued support and interest in this local competition, which aims to encourage and promote householders and businesses to take a greater pride and interest in their own gardens, is vital for the further development and enhancement of the appearance of Galway city. Galway City Council and the Galway Tidy Towns and Garden Competition Committee would like to thank all those that supported the 2010 competition, in particular the competition sponsors Galway City Council, Maddens Nurseries, Dangan Nurseries, Galway Crystal and McCambridges of Shop Street, and everyone who entered the competition.

The full results are:

Private Houses – Front gardens

Overall Winner - City Council Estate

John Connaughton, 58 St. James Crescent

Overall Winner - Other Residential Estates

Mary Crowe, Ballagh

Overall Winner - First Time Entrant

Eileen Lennon, 11 Holly Grove, Lisbeg Lawn

Window boxes/floral displays - Other Residential Estates

Carolyn Sheils, 51 Oaklands

Window boxes/floral displays - City Council Estate

Bernie Comber, 4 Blakes Lane

Lawns

Seamus King, 55 St. James’ Crescent

Residential Areas

20 – 50 Houses

Oaklands

50 – 150 Houses

Carragh, Knocknacarra

150 Houses or more

Renmore

City Council Estate

Monivea Park

Residential estate with best and neatest gardens, maintenance of public open spaces

Glenina Heights

Flower or Shrub Beds

Spires Garden

Community Group Project

Sliding Rock, St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Ashe Road

Public and commercial areas

Civic Centres, Hotels and Colleges

1st The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill

2nd The Quadrangle, National University of Ireland, Galway

Churches, Places of Worship

1st St. John the Apostle Church, Knocknacarra

2nd Church of Christ the King, Salthill

Registered Guest Houses

1st Dave and Rita Lenihan, Gentian Hill

2nd Peter Burke, 22 Grattan Park

Industrial Premises

1st Village Fireplaces, Castlegar

Window boxes/floral display at business premises

1st Treasure Chest, William Street

2nd Gallagher’s Butchers, Renmore

Commercial and business areas/parks

1st Coral Haven Nursing Home, Old Ballinfoile

2nd Galway Salmon Fisheries

School

1st Scoil Chroi Iosa, Newcastle Road

FRONT GARDEN – AREA WINNERS

SALTHILL

1.Eddie Bennett, 28 Dr. Mannix Road

2.Carolyn Sheils, 51 Oaklands

3.Patrick Mullins, 1 Rockhill Avenue

KNOCKNACARRA

1.Tracy Mulhall, 105 Woodfield, Cappagh Rd

2.Rosaleen Carr, 61 Seacrest

3.Joan Doyle, 4 Kingston Gardens

NEWCASTLE

1.Martin Sharry, 214 Corrib Park

2.Maureen Hynes, 17 Sylvan Avenue

3.Margaret Gouyet, 96 Corrib Park

BUSHYPARK/CIRCULAR ROAD

1.Mary Crowe, Ballagh

2.Michael Duffy, 10 The Bailey

3.Norrie Quinn, 134 Dangan Heights

SHANTALLA/WESTSIDE/HIGHFIELD PARK

1.Caroline Corless, 14 Beechmount Road, Highfield Park

2.Denis O’Connor, 1 Beechmount Road, Highfield Park

3.Noel Colohan, 52 O’Connaire Road

RENMORE

1.Brendan Moran, 1 Blackthorn Park

2.Mary McNelis, Ballyloughane Beach

3.Eileen Lennon, 11 Holly Grove, Lisbeg Lawn

MERVUE/GLENINA HEIGHTS

1. John Connaughton, 58 St. James Crescent

2. Pat McPhilbin, 41 Emmet Avenue

3. Nora Forde, 36 Glenina Heights

BALLYBANE

1.June Flaherty, 33 Monivea Park

2.Bernie Kane, 63 Monivea Park

3.Rena Coyne, 7 Bayview Rise

BALLYBRIT

1.Rita Hession, 34 The Meadows

2.Clare Gaven, 35 The Meadows

3.Sean Griffen, 53 The Meadows

GALWAY CITY/WELLPARK

1.Tom & Phyllis Broderick, 8 Loyola Park

2.Frank & Kia Burke, ‘Garron’ 11 St. Mary’s Road

3.Michael O’Toole, 20 Lough Atalia Road

RAHOON

1.Kathy Forde, Keeraun, Rahoon Road

2.JeanAnne Davis, 10 Bothar Stiofain, Old Rahoon Road

3.Margaret Murphy, 36 Grangemore

RIVERSIDE

1.Nora Murray, 17 Crescent View

2.Helen Forde, 21 Sandyview Drive

3.Noel McGuire, 26 Sandyview Drive

BOHERMORE

1.Tony Carolan, 5 Water Lane

2.Bernie Comber, 4 Blakes Lane

3.Bridie Maguire, 48 St. Finbarrs Terrace

DOUGHISKA/ROSCAM

1.Sean Nolan, Merlin Lane

2.Marie Costello, 21 Cashel Cam, Roscam

3.Lorraine Costello, 78 Duirling, Roscam

CASTLEGAR/MENLO

1.Elizabeth Small, Droim Dearg, Killoughter

2.Sean & Anne Connell, Menlo

3.Maureen Spellman, Castlegar

HEADFORD ROAD AREA

1.Sean & Margaret Langan, 209 Castlelawn Heights

2.Christina McGowan, 28 Lus Leana

3.Mary Boyle, 6 Crestwood

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