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Five Clare projects to take part in Pride of Place

Pride of place 2015The communities of Bunratty, Kilrush, Ennis, Kilmaley and Doonbeg will represent County Clare’s in the 2015 IPB Pride of Place Competition.

Clare County Council has announced that Clare will be represented in the all-island initiative by Bunratty Local Development Association in Category 1 for population centres of up to 300 people, Doonbeg Community Development Company Ltd. in Category 2 for population centres of between 300 and 1,000 people, Kilrush Tidy Towns in Category 4 for population centres over 2,000, the Ennis based Cuan an Chláir in Category 5 (Age Friendly Initiative), and Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association Ltd. in Category 7 (Community Health Initiative).

The five projects will be hoping to emulate Clare’s success in last year’s competition when 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.

Pride of Place, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border, aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society.

For the second year running, Clare County Council will host the Pride of Place award ceremony at Treacys West County Hotel in Ennis, in November. 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.

Congratulating the five Clare projects nominated to participate in this year’s competition, the Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council said: “The depth and breadth of voluntary activity underway in communities across Clare was very evident in the applications received by the Council on foot of its call to community groups and organisations to participate in this year’s competition.”

Councillor John Crowe continued: “I am confident that the nominated projects will uphold Clare’s proud reputation of success in the competition this year. An integral part of the success of our participating projects this year will be the continued support of the wider community particularly when it comes to judging during June, July and August.”

Philomena O’Connell, Pride of Place Co-Coordinator added: “This competition offers communities the opportunity to showcase the positive contribution that local groups make to the overall enhancement of their localities. This year, we received expressions of interest from towns and villages all over the County. We now look forward to cooperating with the nominees with their preparations ahead of the judging season.”

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