LESS than a month after picking up Limerick's County Endeavour Award at the annual Tidy Towns competition, Athea Tidy Towns has scooped the top honour in the 2013 Limerick In Bloom competition.
The west Limerick group, which increased its /score in this year's Tidy Towns competition by a hugely impressive 28 marks, was honoured with its latest award at a ceremony in Adare last week.
As well as being named overall winner of the Limerick In Bloom competition from a record number of 43 community entries, Athea Tidy Towns also picked up first prize in its category for villages with a population of 301-700, along with a cheque for €1,000.
Limerick County Council, in conjunction with sponsor JP McManus Foundation, once again hosted this year's competition which aims to motivate small, locally-based groups throughout the county to visually enhance their areas by means of flower, tree and shrub planting.
Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr John Sheahan paid tribute to the Athea members for making the competition a "real celebration" of community spirit, teamwork and awareness of the natural environment.
Limerick In Bloom adjudication took place during July and considered such factors as colour, size, variety, location and appropriateness of the various planting schemes along with the management of litter.