County Awards

Meath Pride of Place Awards

 Thursday 9th November 2017

 Solstice Arts Centre


The County Meath Pride of Place awards were held in the Solstice Arts Centre on Thursday 9th November 2017, with close to 300 attendees present.  The awards mark another year of hard work by voluntary groups in their local areas.  The event was hosted by Eilis Sheehy, Senior News Reporter for LMFM and the audience were entertained by Brush Shiels and comedian Brendan Smith.


Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Councillor Gerry O’Connor, warmly welcomed the guests, who represented 63 groups throughout the County. Councillor O’Connor emphasised the Council’s commitment to supporting volunteers in their work, to create strong, vibrant communities.  Meath County Council Director of Services for Housing, Community and Library, Arts & Culture, Barry Lynch, also thanked the groups for the vital work they carry out purely out of dedication to their communities.  He referred to the format of the competition, which sees winners from each Municipal District go on to compete for countywide prizes.  This, he said, has encouraged more groups to get involved at a local level and noted that the numbers of groups taking part in Pride of Place has doubled since the change in format.


In 2017, three new categories were introduced – Best New Group”, “Nature/Wildlife” and “Grow It Yourself”.  Mr Lynch noted that the uptake on these categories has been very impressive and that these categories reflect the genuine interest and focus on biodiversity and how important it is for our environment.


In the hotly contested Heritage category the adjudicator found it impossible to separate out a clear winner, as a result three groups scooped the top prize.  They were; 

  •  Kells Local Heroes for their truly unique project which involved the acquisition and refurbishment of a printing press of the exact design used to print the 1916 Proclamation.  Their work has helped to make Kells a town that is now synonymous with print and the written word. 
  • Nobber Tidy Towns who this year saw the culmination of years of work in celebrating their local rural culture and history.  The Nobber Fair has been brought back to life and the dairy farming which was integral to rural life is commemorated with the creation of a milk stand on the approach to the town, and
  • Simonstown Lane Residents for their careful management of the verges and hedgerows and the natural heritage.  The residents have developed a feature where all of the field areas along the lane are named, in this way, the agricultural heritage of the area is kept alive for both residents and visitor.


The full list of winners are:


Youth Project

SMART Project


Housing Estates Small
Churchview Ardcath


Housing Estates Medium
Joint 1st Hillview Residents Association, Dunshaughlin
Joint 1st Elmview Close


Housing Estates Large
Garden City & Crestwood


Joint 1st Nobber Tidy Towns
Joint 1st Kells Local Heroes
Joint 1st Simonstown Lane Residents


Nature / Wildlife
Kilbeg Staholmog Pride of Place


Best Shop Front
The Lime Kiln, Julianstown


Best Hospitality/Tourism
Moynalty Steam Threshing


Vacant Premises
Kilmainhamwood Pride of Place


Waterways Amenity
Kilmainhamwood Pride of Place


Grow Your Own
Sonairte The National Ecology Centre


Small Town <1,000
Wilkinstown Development Group


Large Town >1,000
Slane Tidy Towns


Meath County Council would also like to wish the very best of luck to the groups who will be representing Meath at the Co-Operation Ireland National Pride of Place awards in Letterkenny on Saturday 2nd December.  These groups are:


  •  Slane Tidy Towns in the Population 1000 – 2000 category
  •  Trim Tidy Towns in the Population over 5000  category
  •  Black Friary SMART Project, Trim in the Community Based Youth Initiative category, and
  •  Kells Local Heroes in the Creative Place Initiative category with the Kells Type Trail


 01 County POP - Heritage Joint Winner

02 County POP - Hospitality Award

03 County POP - Housing Est Medium Joint Winner

04 County POP - Housing Large Winner

05 County POP - Small Housing

06 County POP - Best Shop Front

07 County POP - Grow Your Own Sonairte

08 County POP - Housing Est Small Elmview Close

09 County POP - Kells Local Heroes

10 County POP - Nature Wild Life Award

11 County POP - Simonstown Lane Joint Winner Heritage

11 County POP - Simonstown Lane Joint Winner Heritage

12 County POP - Slane Winners

13 County POP - Vacant Premises

14 County POP - Waterways Amenity

15 County POP - Wilkinstown Small Town Award

16 County POP - Youth Project