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Two Wicklow organisations announced as national finalists of the 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Greystones Lawn Bowling Co.Wicklow Pictured is Lailli de Buitlear and Liam Lynch (front ) with Seamus Eager,Jo Deithrick,Ann Barry,Carmel Morrissey,John Conroy and Elizabeth Eager.

 Two Wicklow organisations, the Centre for Creative Practices and Greystones Lawn Bowling Club, have beaten off stiff competition to be named amongst the thirty-six community groups, sports clubs and organisations from all over Ireland were today announced as regional winners and finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019. The Centre for Creative Practices will be in the Aets & Culture category while Greystones Lawn Bowling Club will be in the sports category for the awards grand final.

The Awards are aimed at honoring the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.

Founded in 2009, the Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP) is a not-for-profit, national development organisation for migrant and culturally diverse artists in Ireland. CFCP is widely acknowledged as a pioneer and catalyst for promoting cultural diversity, intercultural collaboration and exchange, and for helping migrant and culturally diverse artists to access the local arts scene and resources to showcase their talent and build sustainable careers for their own and societal benefit..

Greystones Lawn Bowling club was founded in 1985 and is situated in a beautiful, tranquil setting by the sea in Greystones. They cater for bowlers of all ages and abilities all are made equally welcome. Lawn bowls is a competitive sport, but can also be played socially. It is an enjoyable team or singles sport and a great way of enjoying the company of others. The clubs says that one common comment from their bowlers is they wish they had started earlier!

The 36 winning groups will now proceed to the grand final in six categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts & Culture, Community and Youth. A seventh category, Irish Language, will have a special award to be announced on the night at the Awards final, in recognition of outstanding work done in the promotion of the Irish Language.

National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, today congratulated the 36 finalists for reaching this final stage of the awards process.

He said: “We were overwhelmed at the level of entries we received for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. Now in its second year, we had over 480 applications from every County in Ireland spanning all six categories. Through these Awards we want to show how people, organisations, projects and sports clubs are doing extraordinary things in their local communities. This is work that often goes unrecognized and through these Awards we aim to change that, and also help to highlight to the people of Ireland, the good that their participation and support of the National Lottery is having in local communities across Ireland”

Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced at a Gala Awards event in the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Saturday 2nd November.

A full list of the 36 finalists is below.

Speaking on selecting the winners, Broadcaster, publisher and businesswoman, Norah Casey, who is Chair of the awards judging panel, said: “I have been blown away by the standard of the entries for the Good Causes Awards and it really is a privilege to be involved. It was such a tough job but we have our final 36 Good Causes from an original pool of over 480 entries. It is humbling to learn of some of this inspiring work that is going on around Ireland and I am looking forward to meeting our finalists this October. They truly are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

The judging for the National Finals of the Good Causes Awards takes place over two days in Athlone on 7th and 8th October. At this stage representatives of each of the 36 finalists will be asked to do a short presentation to the judging panel and respond to any questions from the panel. The judging panel will joined, at this stage, by Lotto host and RTE Weather Presenter, Nuala Carey.

The 36 National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019 finalists are below. More information on the finalists and the National Lottery Good Causes Awards can be found at www.lottery.ie/goodcausesawards.

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