A Sligo community group took a top prize in the annual IPB Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards on Saturday evening last, Strandhill took joint top place in the main competition in the category for neighbourhoods with populations of more than 2,000 people.
In their citation about Strandhill, the judges said, “This is the story of a remarkable seaside village. The judges were extremely impressed by the sheer effort to demonstrate in a positive manner the progressiveness and cohesiveness of its community involving just about everybody. That community has recognised the importance of a stunning location and of a sustainable local economy to bring vibrancy to its place.”
The awards were presented at a glittering gala event in Ennis Co. Clare. More than 800 people from across the island filled the venue to hear the winners announced by RTE’s Ciana Campbell.
The Pride of Place Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of people who work tirelessly to create pride in their local area and a better place for local residents.
Forty-three groups, ranging from those in small rural communities to groups in inner-city housing estates, took winning or runner up positions in the main and cities competitions. A further six groups received Special Awards, while one local authority received a special Council Award.
As well as Strandhill, a community group from Manorhamilton in Co. Leitrim were presented with a runners-up award in the 1,000-2,000 population category. Joint winners with Strandhill in the over 2,000 category was Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.