Our first award for 2023 has gone to Dolans Limerick on the Dock Road. Pictured outside the pub receiving the award from Maura are owners Mick and Valerie Dolan. (Photo: Adrian Butler/Limerick Leader)This year, we are changing our awards format slightly by giving bi-monthly rather than monthly awards, so we will be even more selective about our winners, choosing only six per year. We therefore couldn’t be happier to present our first bi-monthly award to one of Limerick’s best-known and long-established venues, renowned for its traditional pub ambience and great food, as well as live music and comedy gigs featuring world-famous artists. Our volunteers are often stopped by tourists during our evening litter picks asking for directions to Dolans, as it is clearly on many bucket lists for visitors to Limerick. At the latter part of last year, the exterior of the building was given a huge overhaul with extensive repair and paint work and new lighting and exterior floral displays which now makes it an impressive go-to location on the outside as well as for what’s inside, which is so important given its prominent location on the Dock Road, one of the main routes in and out of city. Dolans is an award-winning traditional Irish pub, with live Irish Music sessions every night. They have a restaurant and three live music venues (The Warehouse, Upstairs at Dolans and the Kasbah Social Club), and they cater for groups of all shapes and sizes in their purpose-built venues. Since it was first opened in 1994 by Mick and Valerie Dolan, a small quayside pub on the outskirts of Limerick city has been transformed into a key music institution recognised nationally and internationally. For more information on upcoming gigs, visit their website www.dolans.ie. call them on 061 314483 or simply call in to enjoy the atmosphere and the food. Dolans is Limerick City Tidy Town’s first winner of 2023 and will be in with a chance to be the Overall Winner for 2023 at next year’s annual event. Our online poll to select the overall winner for 2022 has recently closed and the winner will be announced at our awards event to take place in March, so watch this space!