Wicklow will have a number of representatives in the IPB Pride of Place Awards ceremony which will be streamed live online from Ennis this year, organisers have announced.
More than 100 groups nominated by local authorities all over the island of Ireland are participating in this year’s competition , which is regarded as Ireland’s most prestigious all-island community awards.
Wicklow County Council has announced that Wicklow will be represented this year by Wicklow Town in Category 4 for population centres of over 2,000 people, Carnew Community Care in Category 5 (Age Friendly Initiative), Be Well Bray in Category 6 (Young People in the Community Initiative) and Tiglin, Ashford in Category 7 (Community Health Initiative).
Pride of Place Coordinator in Co. Wicklow, Jackie Carroll, commented: “The event will bring together community representatives and local authorities from right throughout the island of Ireland in a celebration of community spirit. Wicklow natives living abroad will be able to monitor the progress of their local participating community groups online.”
“We are delighted this year’s ceremony is returning to Ennis, which has a proud tradition in this competition. I am also pleased that IPB is once again the headline sponsor of the competition and that Co-operation Ireland, Ireland’s peace building charity, continues to host these awards as one of its key community initiatives,” stated Tom Dowling, Chairman of the Pride of Place Initiative.
“Co-operation Ireland is calling on Pride of Place participating communities and groups to encourage members of the Irish Diaspora to log on to www.prideofplace.ie or www.clare.ie to view the live streaming coverage of the event,” added Mr. Dowling.
IPB’s Chief Executive Officer, Ronan Foley, commented; “On behalf of our local authority Members we are delighted to sponsor this year’s competition and help Co-operation Ireland, Ireland’s peace building charity, to continue to host these awards as one of its key community initiatives. The live streaming of this event is another step in reaching of to all those involved in making their communities a better place to live and work.”
The main category winners in the 2014 IPB Pride of Place competition were Glenfarne, Leitrim (Pop: 0–250); Ardmore, Waterford, and Belcarra, Mayo (Pop: 250–750); Tydavnet, Monaghan (Pop: 750–1500); Kenmare, Kerry (Pop: 1500–4000); Cloughjordan, Tipperary (Eco Initiative); Festina Lente, Wicklow (Community Innovation); New Ross Allotments & Men’s Shed, Wexford (Community Health); Battery Heights, Westmeath (Housing Estates); Fanad, Donegal (Islands & Coastal Communities); Mulhuddart, Fingal Council Area (Urban Neighbourhoods); Clones, Monaghan, Community Wellness Empowerment Leadership & Life Skills, Limerick City, and Glasthule Buildings, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council Area (Special Award); Clarawood Estate, Belfast (Cities Pop: Under 1,000); Eco Mattress Recycling Ltd, Dublin (Eco Initiative: Cities); Something Special, Derry/ Londonderry ((Innovation: Cities); Armagh Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership (Urban Neighbourhoods: Cities); Clare County Council (Council Community Engagement).
The 2015 IPB Pride of Place Awards will be broadcast live on www.prideofplace.ie and www.clare.ie from 7.30pm on Saturday, 14 November 2015.