Pride of Place — Kells Municipal District Awards Night

Thursday 19th October, 2017

The Darnley Lodge Hotel, Athboy, Co Meath


The Kells Municipal District Pride of Place awards were held in the Darnley Lodge Hotel, Athboy on Thursday night, 19th October, 2017.

The evening was emceed by Eilis Sheehy, Senior News Reporter for LMFM.  The Chairperson of Kells Municipal District, Cllr. David Gilroy warmly welcomed the guests, which included local Councillors and representatives from 53 local groups. Cllr. Gilroy noted the fantastic work and achievements of the voluntary groups, which demonstrates a real pride the people of Kells Municipal District have in their locality.

Some of the highlights of the night included the “Volunteer of the Year” award which was awarded to Kenneth Clarke.  Kenneth has been a member of Nobber Tidy Towns since its inception, described as always on hand to assist with whatever duty is to be done.  Other  highlights of the night included the award under the Heritage category which was won jointly by Kells Local Heroes and Nobber Tidy Towns.  Kells Local Heroes were awarded their award 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.  This year saw the culmination of years of work for Nobber Tidy Towns 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.

Overall the judges were very impressed with the achievements and progress made by all groups since last year and would like to give a special recognition to a number of groups, they are; Highfield, Athboy under Housing Estates Small Category, Mount-Dutton, Oldcastle under Housing Estates Medium Category, Farrelly’s Pub, Oldcastle under Best Shop Front and Kilberry Amenity & Heritage Group under Small Town category.

Meath County Council wishes Kells Local Heroes the very best of luck at the Co-Operation Ireland Pride of Place awards for their entry in the Creative Place Initiative category with the Kells Type Trail.  Results will be announced at the awards ceremony in Letterkenny, Donegal on Saturday 2nd December.  

Winners in the Housing Categories, Heritage, Nature / Wildlife, Shop Front, Hospitality/Tourism, Vacant Premises, Grow Your Own and Small town will go forward to represent the Kells Municipal District in the County finals where they will compete with the winners from the other 5 Municipal Districts. The County finals will be held on the 9th November in the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan.


The following were the winners on the night:

Youth Project
Castletown KP Tidy Towns

Housing Estates Small
1st Place Hillside Drive, Castletown

2nd Place Railway View, Nobber

Housing Estates Medium
1st Place Cluain Beag, Nobber
2nd Place De Valera Park, Drumconrath  

Housing Estates Large
1st Place Cherryhill, Kells

Joint 1st Nobber Tidy Towns
Joint 1st Kells Local Heroes

Nature / Wildlife
Kilbeg Staholmog Pride of Place

Waterways Amenity
Kilmainhamwood Pride of Place

Best Shop Front
The Headfort Arms

Best Hospitality/Tourism
Moynalty Steam Threshing

Vacant Premises
Kilmainhamwood Pride of Place

Grow Your Own
GIY North Meath

Small Town <1,000

Large Town >1,000
Kells Local Heroes

Best New Group
Drumconrath Cultural and Heritage Society

Volunteer of the year
Kenneth Clarke


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