Centenarian John is Looking Good on awards night

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson (right) and guest of honour John Coffey (second from left) presenting the overall Killarney Looking Good award to John and Patricia Healy of Healy Insurances

A RECENTLY completed refurbishment, which included the erection of an attractive new shopfront and façade, has earned a coveted award for one local business.

Healy Insurances, 11 New Street, was last night named the overall winner of the Killarney Looking Good Competition for 2019 at a prizegiving ceremony in a packed Killarney Cultural and Arts Centre.

The complete upgrade of the centrally located property has greatly improved the streetscape and Healy Insurances also won the Restoration Award category.

New Street featured prominently in this year’s prizewinners with Malarkey receiving the award for Best Restaurant, Blooms Florist was presented with the Best Retail Award and Kingdom Clinic was given the award for being the Most Improved Premises.

St Brigid’s Secondary School students Aileen Keane and Elaine Parker with teacher Sheree Murphy accepting the best school project award

Killarney Looking Good Chairperson, Yvonne Quill, remarked: “We congratulate all our winners in this year’s competition and thank all businesses and residents in the town for their continued support”.

She added: “The work of the Killarney Looking Good Committee is not just confined to the summer months as we are always planning and working on ways to improve our town”.

The special guest on the night was Killarney centenarian, John Coffey, from Lewis Road, who presented the prized to the various winners.

Also in attendance on the night was Archdeacon Michael Murphy who is a Tidy Towns legend having inspired Sneem, Kenmare and Killarney to overall glory in the national competition and he has become affectionately known as Fr Tidy.

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, and Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher, were also in attendance.

The full list of category prizewinners is:

Overall Award: Healy Insurances
Best Large Commercial Premises: The Man Monk

Best Hotel: The Gleneagle

Best Small Commercial Premises: Rock View House
Best Newly Painted Premises: Ark Veterinary Clinic
Best Public House: Dan Linehan’s

Best Hotel: The Gleneagle
Best Restaurant: Malarkey
Best Café: Apple & Carrot
Best Retail: Blooms
Green Hospitality Award: Killarney Park Hotel
Corporate Social Responsibility: Marks & Spencer
Restoration Award: Healy Insurances

Best Kept School: Killarney Community College

Best Signage: The Lake Hotel
Best Guesthouse: Foley’s Townhouse
Best Private Residence: Ardross, Ross Road
Best Estate: Ballydribbeen
Best Roadside Garden: 10 Rock Road
Award for Floral Display: Aran Sweater Shop
Best Kept School: Killarney Community College
Best School Project: 5 Days, 5 New Ways – St Brigid’s Secondary School

Green Hospitality Award: Killarney Park Hotel

Most improved Premises: Kingdom Clinic
Biodiversity Award: Killarney House and Gardens
Volunteer Awards: Claire Morris and Pat Curran
Pride of Place: Oakwood Retirement Village
Best Public Building: Killarney Fire Station
Best Friendly Planting Award: Ballydowney Roundabout

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