A total of 32 local communities took part in the second annual competition, which strives to improve visual impact by means of flower, tree and shrub planting.
Organised by Limerick County Council in conjunction with Shannon Development, Limerick In Bloom adjudication was based on colour, size, variety, location and appropriateness of the various planting schemes, along with the management of litter.
Category 1 caters for towns and villages with a population in excess of 700. Category 2 was for population centres between 300 and 700, with Category 3 featuring villages with a population under 300.
Ardagh Development Co Ltd (83 points) was the Category 3 winner followed in second and third places by Croagh Community Council (78) and Ardpatrick Tidy Towns (77).
Galbally Tidy Towns (80) claimed the overall prize in Category 2, with Patrickswell Tidy Towns (79) second and Broadford Development Association Ltd /Foynes and District Community Council sharing third position on 76 points each.
Meanwhile, Adare Tidy Towns and Development Association (90 points) was named overall winner of Category 3. Kilmallock Tidy Towns/Bruff Tidy Towns (both 70 points) and Hospital Tidy Towns (68 points) were named in second and third place respectively.
County council chairman David Naughton said: “Limerick In Bloom is a celebration of community spirit, teamwork and awareness of the natural environment.
“It offers communities the opportunity to showcase the positive contribution that local groups make to enhance the appearance of towns and villages throughout the county.
“The participation of 32 towns and villages in this year’s competition, up from 27 in 2008, is indicative of the high regard the people of Limerick have for the environment around them,” he said
Josephine Cotter Coughlan, director of services with the county council, said: “Limerick In Bloom not only helps to make the county a more attractive place to live in and visit, but it acts as a springboard for communities to consider taking part in other competitions such as Tidy Towns or Pride of Place.
“It is heartening to see that the standards were extremely high again this year which is a tribute to each of the participating communities and, of course, the organisers of the competition,” she said.