Mount Brandon reaches new heights

MOUNT Brandon House on Lewis Road has scooped the prestigious Best Private Residence category award in this year’s Killarney Looking Good competition.

The meticulous and flower-laden garden is owned by the well-known John Coffey, a retired senior official with the former Southern Health Board, who has always been an exceptional gardener.

His beautifully manicured lawn and colourful display of flowers, shrubs and garden furniture regularly stops passers-by in their tracks and it has been admired for decades by GAA supporters on their way to and from the nearby Fitzgerald Stadium.

Best Private Residence: Mount Brandon House

The best large estate award has been won by Hawthorn Avenue, off the main Woodlawn road, the best medium estate is Park Drive – a regular award winner – and the best small estate is Elm Wood. Oakfield on Park Road was highly commended and the best guesthouse in Cill Cearn in Woodford Manor.

The best roadside garden honour goes to 21 Park Drive and the best floral display winner is Foley’s Restaurant on High Street.

AnnaMaria Fleming, 31 Dalton’s Avenue, has been highly commended for her immaculately manicured garden and other private residences recognised include 2 Belville Close, 18 St Brendan’s Terrace,  86 Adrshanavooley, 2 Pinewood, 25 Pinewood and Ailla Alverna, Park Drive.

The recently painted Fairview Guesthouse at Michael Collins Place wins the best large commercial premises award, the best medium commercial premises prize – and the best signage award – goes to the new-look Flesk Restaurant on Main Street and the best small commercial premises award will be presented to the Art Gallery on Plunkett Street.

The best new development is the recently opened Vodafone store on College Street and the best newly painted premises awards will be presented to the Tatler Jack on Plunkett Street (large) an The Pillbox on New Street (small).

John Coffey: his home has won the prestigious Best Private Residence award

The best public house award winner is The Laurels on Main Street, the best hotel is the International, the best restaurant is No 52 on High Street and the best laneway is Milk Market Lane. Café du Parc at the Killarney Plaza Hotel will receive a prize for the best commercial relaunch.

The Green Hospitality award goes to the Malton Hotel, the preservation award will be presented to JM Reidy’s on Main Street and the restoration award winner is Killarney House and Gardens.

The best kept schools are Killarney Community College (secondary) and The Monastery (primary), the bio-diversity award will be presented to the Black Sheep Hostel on New Street and the best community c-operation prize will go to the residents of Park Lodge.

Killarney Communty Hospital will be recognised for its bee-friendly planting efforts, True on College Street will receive a sustainability award and the Pride of Place 2017 award will go to Holy Cross Gardens. Killarney Fire Station has been highly commended by the adjudicators.

Special volunteer awards will be presented to Darragh Reidy and John Randles.

The awards will be presented by Minister of State for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Brendan Griffin, at the Killarney Plaza Hotel on Monday night next.

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