Blessington has been nominated as County Wicklow’s representative for the Bank of Ireland National Enterprising Town Awards in the 3,0001 to 7,000 population category.
Baltinglass Municipal District, in close conjunction with Blessington and District Forum, was the lead group in formulating the town’s application.
The initial submission was restricted to 300 words but the group made the best use of the allocation to carefully demonstrate the town’s achievements and plans for the future. The group wanted to portray Blessington in a positive light and focus on the tourism, retail, hospitality and other industries which are a key component of the town.
The submission also referenced the many and varied facilities, clubs and organisations which are thriving in Blessington and which clearly demonstrate the strong level of volunteerism in the town.
The Blessington and District Forum is representative of all sectors of the community and works to ensure the town is promoted and developed in line with local requirements and in a sustainable manner.
One of the key features of the Forum is the close collaboration between the Municipal District, business community and voluntary groups on initiatives including the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo, “Paint the Town Red” promotion in line with Punches town Festival, the Christmas lights display and the windowbox scheme to brighten up Blessington.
The Forum has focussed on developing its community to ensure that Blessington is a vibrant hub for residents, business and recreation.
The Cathaoirleach of Baltinglass Municipal District, Cllr Vincent Blake, in acknowledging the hard work of the committee said: “It is a great honour for the people of Blessington to be chosen to represent County Wicklow on a national stage and it is important that the community now work together to promote the town of Blessington”.
The competition continues with a visit by judges to Blessington before 13th October. During the visit, three judges will meet with the organising committee, receive a presentation highlighting the positive attributes of the area, visit local businesses or other initiatives that the committee wish to demonstrate and meet with members of the local community.
There is a significant prize fund attached to the competition, along with the accolade of being
successful in a competition on a national basis.