Co-operation Ireland and IPB Insurance, who run the annual competition in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border, have informed Clare County Council of their decision to award the hosting of the 2015 event to Clare.
It is the first time in the 12-year history of the all-island competition that the same county has hosted the ceremony two years running.
Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council welcomed the news adding that the local authority “looks forward to welcoming communities from all over the island of Ireland to the County later this year.”
“Clare County Council was delighted to have played a key role in organising a hugely successful event for Cooperation Ireland in November. As Cathaoirleach, it was fantastic to hear back so many positive comments from those in attendance about the event and our County,” added Cllr. Crowe.
Tom Coughlan, Chief Executive of Clare County Council stated: “The Council is once again happy to play its part in showcasing the positive contribution made by local community groups the length and breadth of Ireland to promoting the overall enhancement of their localities. The positive economic impact of this event for Ennis and the wider County is also significant and underlines the Council’s commitment to attracting large events to Clare,” added Mr. Coughlan.
More than 750 people from all over the island of Ireland gathered at Treacys West County Hotel in Ennis in November for the 2014 awards ceremony, which saw Killaloe and Tuamgraney received Runner-Up prizes in their respective categories. Clare County Council meanwhile, won a special award for its contribution to the competition since it was first established in 2003.
In their citation the judges said “Clare County Council has been to the forefront of Pride of Place since the beginning and has been a driver of the awards recognising the great value they are in motivating communities to work together. In addition this year despite managing the most significant changes ever in the history of local government and the extensive workload that entailed, the council still managed to organise with great attention to detail what I am sure you will all agree is one of the finest award ceremonies ever hosted.”
Meanwhile, Clare County Council says it will shortly be inviting proposals from Clare groups interested in being considered for nomination in 2015. Details will be announced during the coming weeks.
For more visit http://www.prideofplace.cooperationireland.org.