2017 IPB Pride of Place Winners Announced

2017 IPB Pride of Place Winners Announced

The winners of the Irish Public Bodies (IPB) Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were announced last week at a gala awards ceremony in Letterkenny. The awards acknowledge the achievements and the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

Enniscrone, Co Sligo took the runner up award in Category three, which is for villages with a population of between 1000 and 2000 people.

During the ceremony awards were announced in the main competition, the cities competition and special awards, ranging from groups supporting small rural communities to those involved in large inner city housing estates. RTE presenter Aengus MacGrianna hosted the ceremony, which was attended by over 800 people. Donegal County Council hosted the evening and celebrated Irish musicians Donal Lunney and Paddy Glackin entertained the audience before the winners were announced.

Sponsored by IPB, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 15 years ago through a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development. It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

"“This unique competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”. He added that he was delighted this year’s gala ceremony was held in Donegal after 15 years”. "

Tom Dowling, Chairperson of IPB Pride of Place Competition

"“Enniscrone is very pleased to receive recognition at this wonderful event. It was heartening to see so many community groups turn out on the day to showcase Enniscrone so successfully on a national stage. This award is testament to the strength of our local community.”"

Cllr. Joe Queenan, Chairperson of Enniscrone Events Committee

"‘The Pride of Place Awards are an excellent opportunity for towns and villages to showcase their communities; This success was fully deserved and will inspire Enniscrone community to keep their outstanding work.’"

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Seamus Kilgannon