Residents Associations in Gurranabraher, Knocknaheeny, Churchfield, Shanakiel & Sundays Well got their hands dirty while preparing their estates and gardens for the Gurranabraher Credit Union Tidy Estate Competition.   This year was the first year of the competition and it ran over the late spring and early summer. Representatives from both the Credit Union & the Judging Committee visited the winning Estates and Gardens recently to present them with their certificates and prizes.

Michael O Connell, Chair of Gurranabraher Credit Union said at the presentation of the awards “the competition was designed to help recognise the hard work that residents put into maintaining their Residential Areas. We see the effort that volunteer associations make for their communities and we wanted to recognised that by organising this competition. The standard was extremely high, with residents of each estate outdoing themselves demonstrating an enviable pride in their area. It is imperative that we as a community organisation continue to support other community organisations wishing to better the community they live in.”

All estates – new and established – were encouraged to enter. Open to all residential streets, estates and Private Houses in the Credit Unions common bond. Areas such as Litter Management, Floral Displays, Creativity, Environmental and Community Spirit were all considered by the independent Judges.   The judges visited each entrant during the month of June.

The winners were:
Winning Estate – Hollymount Estate
Runners Up: Briars Court/Oakdale & Laurel Ridge
Winning Private Home (front gardens, window boxes/floral displays) – Georgina Higgins
Runners Up: Jim Drummond & Declan Forbes

2 other Estates were given an Honourable Mentions for their hard work and dedication:
– Shanakiel Park & Coppinger’s Acre