THIS Friday is D-day in Killarney as the great Daniel O’Donnell has been lined up to present the awards at this year’s highly anticipated Killarney Looking Good ceremony. The gala ceremony will take place on Scott Street at 5.00pm.
Running since 1991, the Killarney looking Good Awards celebrate and thank the local businesses, residents and volunteers who help to keep Killarney looking its very best, all year round.
The overall winner will be announced on the day and the 2018 category winners are:
Best Private Residence: 8 Monastery Gardens
Best Roadside Garden: Mar Lodge, St Ann’s Road
Highly Commended Gardens: 2 Pinewood, 6 Port Road, 172 Ballyspillane
Best Estate: Countess Grove
Best School: St Oliver’s National School
Best Commercial Premises: The Laurels
Best Hotel: International
Best Newly Painted Premises: Healy’s, New Street
Best Public House: The Shire
Best Restaurant: Lord Kenmares
Best Floral Display: Killarney Brewing Company
Best Public Building: Killarney Fire Station
Most Improved Premises: 40 High Street
Best Guesthouse: Old Weir Lodge
Restoration Award: Black Sheep Hostel
Best Signage: Invite
Green Hospitality Award: Brehon Hotel
Biodiversity Award: KASI Garden
Pride of Place Award: Oakwood Retirement Village
Best Friendly Planting Award: Killarney House and Gardens
Volunteer of the Year: Sherry Jimoh
Junior Volunteer of the Year: Annie Vogels
Meanwhile, the tidy towns competition judges are expected to pay their last visit to the town in the coming days and all businesses and residents are being asked to make sure their premises is well tended to ahead of the judging.
“All the hard-work of the past year will now be scrutinized, from the litter picking, painting, edging and skirting carried out by the volunteers, to the work done by the businesses to their premises, to the investment by the municipal district in street cleaning equipment and the fantastic showing of colour in our flower beds,” said Looking Good chairperson Yvonne Quill.
“It is literally the culmination of months of labour and investment and this is our time to showcase our town in the best possible light.”
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