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Success for Meath Groups - IPB Pride of Place 2017 in Association with Co-Operation Ireland, 2nd December 2017

Date Released: 04 December 2017

Success for Meath Groups - IPB Pride of Place 2017 in Association with Co-Operation Ireland

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny

 

It was a real night of pride for Meath at the IPB Pride of Place Awards 2017, in association with Co-Operation Ireland, as two groups won top awards in their categories.

Slane Tidy Towns were the winners of the Main Competition Population 1000 - 2000 category.  The judges noted that community involvement was the keynote of this excellently presented village, which has a number of recently completed enhancement projects. These projects were undertaken mainly by voluntary labour to a very high standard of design and construction. All activities were promoted through social media, which engenders enthusiasm and great community spirit”

The Runners-Up in the Main Competition Population over 5000 category were Trim Tidy Towns.  The judges were highly impressed by the projects and the work with groups such as green schools, living history group, the Blackfriary Community Project and the OPW’s Friends of Irish Heritage Initiative.

IPB Pride of Place is a prestigious competition which recognises and celebrates the vital contribution  that community partnerships make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration including promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.  Groups from the entire Island of Ireland take part in the competition and therefore the achievements of these groups in taking home prizes are all the more impressive.

Congratulations also go to two other groups representing the county in this year’s competition i.e. Black Friary SMART Project, Trim in the Community based Youth Initiative category and Kells Type Trail / Kells Local Heroes in the Creative Place Initiative category.

The award ceremony was held in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, with over 850 people in attendance, representing towns, villages, cities, housing estates and projects from all over the country.

Pride of Place Awards Dec 2017

Representatives from Slane, Co. Meath, receive their award. Included are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and ; Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance.

Pride of Place 2 Awards Dec 2017

Representatives from Trim, Co. Meath, receive their award. Included are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and ; Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance.

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