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Representatives from Tallaght Community Arts, receive their award. Included are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and ; Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance.

Local community groups win prizes and praise at IPB Pride of Place Awards 2017

A number of local community groups picked up awards at the 15th annual IPB Pride of Place Awards last Saturday (2nd) in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Pride of Place, in association with Co-operation Ireland, is an all-Island competition that acknowledges the high quality work that communities are doing all over the Island of Ireland and that excellent work was recognised at last weekend’s Gala Awards Ceremony.

Representatives from Ballyroan, receive their award. Included are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and ; Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance.

Each year Local Authorities from across Ireland have the opportunity to nominate up to a maximum of five groups in their area, who they believe have made an outstanding contribution to supporting and strengthening their local community.

In 2017, South Dublin County Council nominated Community Groups in five of the Award categories, with all nominated projects putting in a fantastic effort and impressing the Judges when they visited the County in July:

Category 1 – Population Size: 0-300

Brittas and District Residents Association / Brittas Community

Category 2 –  Population Size: 300-1000

Glenasmole Community Association / Glenasmole Community

Category 6 – Community Based Youth Initiative

Fettercairn Youth Horse Project

Category 7 – Creative Place Initiative

Tallaght Community Arts

Category 11 –  Urban Neighbourhoods

Ballyroan Community and Youth Centre / Ballyroan Community

All the effort paid off and it was met with great delight that two of the South Dublin Community Projects had won awards with Tallaght Community Arts picking up a Runner Up Award in the Category 7: Creative Place Initiative and Ballyroan Community and Youth Centre / Ballyroan Community picking up a Runner Up Award in Category 11: Urban Neighbourhoods.

South Dublin County Council would like to thank and congratulate all five community projects that represented the County in this year’s competition, their efforts and achievements have made both their local communities and the entire County proud.

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