On 20th October 2012, the final judging will take place for the special 'Tourism Towns Award' in conjunction with Failte Ireland and Tidy Towns. Killarney is one of 10 shortlisted towns in line for this prestigious award, a new support scheme which aims to enhance visitor experience of Irish towns. This new award is part of the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition.
It will focus on the following key tourism areas:
Sense of place - How does the town tells its own unique story to visitors,
what’s special about it, and what distinguishes it from other towns?
Local involvement - How well does the local community work together to provide
an authentic visitor experience?
Tourism products available - What unique products or experiences has the town
developed to offer visitors?
Development and promotion - Has the town taken a unified approach to marketing
and developing itself into a “tourism town”
The ultimate winner will be decided following a series of mystery shopper experiences over the summer period. A visit by external assessors will take
place in the autumn, which will further explore and expand on each town’s
Killarney Town is the winner of the International Challenge
(Large) category of the 2012 Edition of Communities in Bloom. Killarney Tidy Towns Chairperson Yvonne Quill and Treasurer Kathleen Foley travelled 5,000 miles to attend the conference and accept the prestigious award. Killarney also received a 5 Bloom rating and a special mention for Volunteer Involvement during the National Awards Ceremonies at the Edmonton Capital Region on October 12th and 13th.
Following their evaluation of the community, volunteer judges Bob Ivison and Alain Capelle wrote: “Killarney is a small community of some 12,000 people. Killarney has been a great success with the emphasis on floral displays, appreciation of nature and heritage and the taking of responsibility for the maintenance and cleanliness of buildings and pavements. Killarney won the overall award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town in 2011. This was only achieved by the vast volunteer input with as many as 300 volunteers that worked every evening for six months, painting, planting and picking up litter. The same energy has been dedicated to major local sports facilities including the Gaelic football stadium and racecourse. It is no coincidence that Killarney gained excellent marks for Tidiness, Environmental Action and Heritage. So is this the place where angels fold their wings and rest?”
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride,
environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement
and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion and value
of green spaces in Community Settings. Participants are invited to attend from
all over the world, with past winners from Canada, Britain, Ireland, the Channel
Islands and Asia competing for the prestigious
Photograph shows Yvonne Quill and Kathleen Foley accepting the flag of hosts, Strathcona County, from Mayor Linda Osinchuk