Killarney is looking good
KILLARNEY is certainly looking good these days and with just one point separating the town and national Tidy Towns' winner Moynalty, local residents and businesses can yet again take pride in a job well done.
Of course, such impressive scores don't come about by chance and huge praise should go to the organisers behind the Killarney Looking Good initiative. On Monday night this year's winners were announced at the Muckross Farms Schoolhouse and it was the impressive Charlie Foley's Bar who eventually came away with the much sought after overall award.
Meanwhile, in the various categories it was Foley's Townhouse on High Street named as best large commercial premises and it was joined by Kennelly's Pharmacy (medium premises) and Doyle's Filling Station (small premises).
Most improved premises went to Adam's Jewellers on College Street, best newly painted premises was named as Sewell's Pharmacy and best public house was Charlie Foley's.
The top private residence award went to 10 Rock Road, best B&B was Chelmsford at Muckross View, while the estates awards went to Ballydribeen and Brooklawn.
The award for best floral display was collected by Stonechat, while Bridewell Lane was selected as Killarney's best laneway.
Conservation is a huge part of the competition and the biodiversity award went to Knockreer Education Centre, while West End House and Nos 3&4 St Mary's Terrace also collected conservation awards.
Endeavour awards went to Countess Grove and the Killarney jarveys, while volunteer awards were handed out to Kerry Parents and Friends as well as Frank McGuire (junior award).
A number of 'Gardening With Your Neighbour' awards were also handed out on the night which began with an address from Killarney Mayor Paddy Courtney, Town Manager John Breen and Minister Jimmy Deenihan.
Afterwards, Killarney Looking Good Chairperson Yvonne Quill spoke of sweeping improvements in recent years.
"The standards are just sky high and the competition has become so hard to judge," she said.
"For instance, when we started out we could judge it in one afternoon as we knew what we were looking for but it now takes months and it's fantastic.
"The improvements have really happened over the last four or five years, Killarney has never looked better and people are taking huge pride in their surroundings," she added.