Blessington has been crowned the Most Enterprising Town in Leinster in the 3,000 to 7,000 population category
This exciting achievement for the town was the culmination of a huge amount of hard work by the local Enterprising Town Committee.
The announcement was made at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprising Town Awards held during the week in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly.
Strong local leadership was shown from Blessington & District Forum provided by Michael Sargent, from Blessington Tidy Towns by Jason Mulhall and from the Blessington Greenway Project by John Horan.
Support by the business community from Sonia Moran of Punctual Print; Kilian McGreal of McGreals; Ronan Flood of West Wicklow Business Network; Martin Blake and Oliver Fallen Bailey from Bailey and Blake Productions and Brian McDermott of Avon Rí, was essential to the success of Blessington in this competition.
Baltinglass Municipal District staff, led by Susan Nichols, District Administrator, were an integral part of the process, with an element of the judging criteria focussing on the close links between local government and the community. The support of the District’s elected members was also vital to the success of this project.
In addition to the organising committee, many local residents and businesses supported Blessington’s entry into the competition through assistance with the various activities and attending at the Avon Rí on judging day.
The support of both Anne O’Sullivan and Maria Coleman, local representatives of Bank of Ireland, who joined the team on judging day and at the awards ceremony, was very much appreciated.
Commenting on the result, Cllr Vincent Blake, Cathaoirleach of Baltinglass Municipal District, said: “What a wonderful and well-deserved win for Blessington. Congratulations to everyone involved in Blessington’s entry into the competition. It is a fantastic achievement for a small town in West Wicklow to be acknowledged as the best and most enterprising town in the whole of Leinster.”
Cllr Blake also acknowledged the importance of using this result to further promote Blessington and encourage the development of the town adding: “Blessington has proven that it can compete on a national stage but there is room for further improvements in the town. The proposed extension of the Blessington Greenway will be an important asset for the town and help to secure Blessington’s place in Ireland’s growing tourism market.”
Blessington is a great place to live, work and play, with many positive attributes and a fantastic sense of community. This award affirms what the residents of Blessington already know – Blessington is the Most Enterprising Town in Leinster.