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2017 IPB Pride of Place Winners Announced

04 December 2017

Victoria Bridge takes top spot in category two, Population Category 300–1000

The winners of the IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were announced last night at a gala awards ceremony in Letterkenny. The awards acknowledge the achievements and the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

Victoria Bridge took the runner up award in Category two, which is for villages with a population of between 300 and 1000 people.

During the ceremony 49 awards were announced in the main competition, the cities competition and special awards, ranging from groups supporting small rural communities to those involved in large inner city housing estates. RTE presenter Aengus MacGrianna hosted the ceremony, which was attended by over 800 people. Donegal County Council hosted the evening and celebrated Irish musicians Donal Lunney and Paddy Glackin entertained the audience before the winners were announced.

Sponsored by IPB, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 15 years ago through a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development. It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

The winners were presented with their awards by Minister Joe McHugh TD, Government Chief Whip & Minister of State for Gaeilge, An Ghaeltacht and the Islands, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle,  Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland,  Michael McGreal, Vice Chair IPB Insurance and Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place Committee.

Tom Dowling, Chairperson of IPB Pride of Place Competition said

“This unique competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”. He added that he was delighted this this year’s gala ceremony was held in Donegal after 15 years”.

Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said

“The Pride of Place Awards ceremony is an ideal opportunity for organisations to come together and learn from each other. This will be important as we prepare for the inevitable changes Brexit will bring to the island of Ireland. This evening, we have witnessed some of the finest examples of people working together to create a positive future and we all must continue to build on this so Irish society as a whole can benefit. I congratulate everyone who was nominated but I extend special congratulations to those groups who were triumphant this evening”.

Michael Garvey, Chief Executive Officer of title sponsor IPB Insurance, reaffirmed his company’s support for the competition, he said

“The IPB Pride of Place awards is an ideal platform to recognise the positive social impacts being made in communities across the island of Ireland. I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the communities involved for their spirit of collaboration and camaraderie in making it to the finals. It is also important to recognise the role of local authorities across the island of Ireland who work closely with their communities to support inspiring voluntary initiatives. These awards serve as one of the important ways that we can recognise those involved in working to make a difference in society”.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said “I am delighted that Donegal has been chosen to host of this prestigious awards ceremony and that we welcomed over 800 people to celebrate and recognise the wonderful contribution that community groups make to life in their own local areas all across the island of Ireland.  This has been a great opportunity to showcase what Donegal has to offer and I hope all our visitors have had a wonderful experience and that they bring home with them fond memories of their trip to Donegal”.

Full list of Winners and Runner ups 

Main Competition

Category One - Population Category 0-300

Winner  - Attymass, Co. Mayo

Runner up - Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim

Runner up - Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

Category Two - Population Category 300 – 1000

Winner -Latton & Bawn, Co. Monaghan

Runner up - Ballymacoda / Ladysbridge, Co. Cork

Runner up - Victoria Bridge Village, Co. Tyrone   

Category Three – Population Category 1000 – 2000

Winner - Slane, Co. Meath

Runner up - Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

Runner up - Portlaw, Co. Waterford

Category Four - Population Category 2000 - 5000

Winner - Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork

Runner up - Dunleer, Co. Louth

Category Five - Population Category over 5000

Winner - Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Runner up -Trim, Co. Meath

Category Six – Community Based Youth Initiative

Winner - Galway County Comhairle na nÓg

Runner up - The Attic Youth Café, Longford Town

Runner up - Oasis Youth Club, Portadown

Category Seven – Creative Place Initiative

Winner - Comharchumann Forbartha Gaoth Dobhair,

(Gweedore Co-operative), Co. Donegal

Runner up - Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Co. Offaly

Runner up - Tallaght Community Arts, South Dublin County Council Area

Category Eight – Community Reaching Out Initiative 

Winner - Maria Goretti Foundation, Co. Louth

Runner up - Kerry Social Farming Project

Runner up - Letterkenny Youth & Family Services, Co. Donegal

Category Nine – Housing Estates

Winner - Kiln Lane, Mountrath, Co. Laois

Runner up - Brawny Housing Estate, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Runner up - St. Patrick’s Villas, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick

Category Ten – Islands and Coastal Communities

WinnerLady’s Island Village, Co. Wexford

Runner up - Tory Island, Co. Donegal

Category Eleven – Urban Neighbourhoods 

Winner -Newpark Close, Kilkenny City

Runner up - Ballyroan, South Dublin County Council Area

Runner up - Lisnamult, Roscommon Town 

Cities Competition

Category One – Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population under 1000

Winner - Lower Oldpark, Belfast

Runner up  - The Courts, Ballymun, Dublin City   

Category Two - Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population of 1000 – 2000

Winner - Grange Woodbine, Raheny, Dublin City

Runner up - Blarney Street, Cork City

Category Three - Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population over 2000

Winner - The Village Salthill, Galway City

Runner up - Seymour Hill and Conway, Lisburn, Co. Antrim

Category Four – Community Environmental Initiative 

Winner - Bonfire Night Community Volunteers, Cork City           

Runner up - Let’s Get Galway Growing, Galway City

Category Five – Community Based Youth Initiative 

Winner - Upper Springfield Youth Team, Belfast

Runner up - Dreamscheme Northern Ireland

Category Six – Social Inclusion and Equality Initiative 

Winner - Back of the Pipes Residents Association/

Flanagan’s Fields Community Garden, Dublin City            

Runner up - Newry Rainbow Community

Council Community Engagement Award

Winner - Fingal County Council

Special Awards 

Fore, Co. Westmeath

Erica’s Fairy Forest, Cootehill, Co Cavan

Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, the Naul, Fingal Council Area

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Co. Kilkenny

CLG Cuar an Chláir Health & Wellbeing Team, Co. Clare

Barretstown Children’s Charity, Co. Kildare