County Awards

Meath Pride of Place Awards - Thursday 8th November 2018

Solstice Arts Centre

The County Meath Pride of Place awards were held in the Solstice Arts Centre on Thursday 8th November 2018, with over 300 attendees present.  The awards mark another year of hard work by voluntary groups in their local areas. 

Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr Tom Kelly, warmly welcomed the guests, who represented over 250 groups throughout the county  “this is a great night of celebration and I would like to congratulate everyone here this evening, including those at home, on their achievements over the last 12 months, it is wonderful to see that the initiative is growing each year with an increase in the number of groups taking part again in 2018 ” he said.

 Meath County Council Chief Executive, Jackie Maguire, thanked the groups for the vital work undertaken out of dedication to their communities and commented that the county had been recognised at national level this year in the Tidy Towns competition, where there were increases in marks across the board, “We fully appreciate your work and your commitment to making our county look its best, and we will continue to support your ongoing efforts to create  strong, vibrant communities” said Ms. Maguire

There were three categories reintroduced into the 2018 competition “Best Presented Front Garden”, “Residential Streetscape” and “Village/ Townland”.  These were very popular categories with the uptake being very impressive. 

The highlight of the night was the award to Duleek Revival Programme for the Residential Streetscape and Youth Project categories.  The youth members play a vital role in the work of the group and were well represented at the awards night.  Under the Youth Project category, the adjudicator noted that the film project put forward by the local Foróige group was highly commendable, their intergenerational project looked at the childhood memories of growing up in the town of Duleek in times past by interviewing and filming senior community members on their childhood memories.

The full list of winners are:

Housing Estate Small - Castle Close, Trim 

Housing Estate Medium - Hillview, Dunshaughlin, Runner Up: Elmview Close Res Assoc 

Housing Estate Large - 1st Place: Garden City & Crestwood, Joint Runner Up: Newcastle Woods, Joint Runner Up: Cherryhill 

Residential Streetscape - Duleek Revival Programme 

Village/ Townland >500 - Moynalty Tidy Towns 

Small Town 500 – 2000 - Slane Tidy Towns 

Large Town > 2000 - Dunboyne Tidy Towns 

Youth Project - Duleek Revival Programme 

Watercourse Amenity - Ashbourne Tidy Towns 

Grow Your Own - Trim Family Resource Centre 

Heritage - Joint Winner: Drumconrath Cultural Heritage Society, Joint Winner: Scurlogstown Olympiad Heritage Park

Nature/Wildlife - Ashbourne Tidy Towns 

Vacant Premises - Julianstown & District Community Association 

Hospitality/Tourism - Moynalty Steam Threshing, Runner Up: Athlumney Manor Guesthouse

Adjudicators Special Recognition Award - Oldcastle Tidy Towns for the Peace Garden 

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 Cork City Hall on Saturday 17th November.  These groups are:

-          Julianstown & District Community Association in the Population 300 – 1000 category

-          Garden City & Crestwood Residents Association in the Housing Estate category, and

-          Moynalty Steam Threshing in the Community Tourism Initiative category