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Pride Of Place nominations sought in Clare

The 12th Annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland at Tracey's West County Hotel Ennis. Photograph by Eamon Ward

The 12th Annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland at Tracey’s West County Hotel Ennis. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Expressions of interest are being sought from local communities, projects and housing estates around Clare who wish to participate in the 2015 IPB Pride of Place competition.

This annual all-island initiative, which is run by Co-operation Ireland and IPB Insurance in conjunction with local authorities North and South, aims to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by communities to society.

Nominated Clare communities will be hoping to emulate the local successes of recent years, including Miltown Malbay’s first place award in 2013 and Killaloe and Tuamgraney’s Runner-Up finishes in 2014. Last year, Clare County Council also won a special award for its contribution to the competition since it was first established in 2003.

Clare County Council may nominate one group per category, providing the total number nominated does not exceed five. Judging for Pride of Place 2015 takes place between June and August.

Winners, runners up and special award recipients will receive a trophy and small monetary prize at November’s awards ceremony in Ennis.

This will be the first time in the 12-year history of the event that the same Local Authority has hosted the ceremony two years running.

There are ten categories under which communities can enter. They include Five themes: Age Friendly Community Initiative Enterprise; Young People in the Community Initiative; Community Health Initiative; Urban Neighbourhoods; Islands and Coastal Communities and Four Population Categories: less than 300 people; 300-1000 people;1,000-2,000 people; more than 2,000 people. The final Category is that of Housing Estates.

Entrants in any of the Five themes will be assessed under the following criteria: ‘Impact on Community’; ‘Innovation’; ‘Sustainability’; ‘Local Leadership’; ‘Management’; ‘Overall Impression’.

Entrants in any of the Four Population categories will be assessed under the following criteria; ‘Community Participation’; ‘Impact on Community/Area’; ‘Overall impression’.

Entrants in the Housing Estates category will be assessed under the following criteria: ‘Community Participation’; ‘Provision for the Vulnerable’; ‘Degree of Engagement’; ‘Impact on Community’; ‘Community Events’; ‘Overall Impression’.

Interested Groups are asked to submit a written ‘expression of interest’, detailing their preferred Category with a typed A4 summary setting out how they meet the criteria appropriate to their application. Submissions should be made to Philomena O’Connell, Pride of Place Coordinator, Tourism & Community Development Department, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, Co Clare.

Further information on the competition is available at http://www.prideofplace.ie.  Closing date for receipt of expression of interests is 4.00pm on Friday, 27th March 2015.

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About Darren Joyce

Darren is from County Galway and joined The Clare Herald in 2014.

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