IPB Pride of Place, in association with Co-operation Ireland, was set up over 15 years ago. It gives local authorities a platform to acknowledge exceptional efforts made by community groups and to showcase them on a national stage, in an all-island competition. This is a prestigious award with 12 categories, and entries competing with 32 counties for the coveted Winner or Runner-up prize.
Three groups have been nominated by Leitrim Co Council for the 2019 awards, which will take place in Kilkenny on 30th November.
The nominees are:
- Drumkeeran Friendship Club - Age Friendly Initiative
- Fenagh Village - Population category
- Ballinamore Tourism & Angling - Community Tourism Initiative
The Pride of Place Judges will be in Leitrim on 15th and 16th July, when groups will be put through their paces! A 20 minute presentation, followed by 10 minute question & answer session, followed by a demonstration/tour. We wish all entrants the very best of luck in the competition.
In 2018 Leitrim County Council nominated 2 groups to represent Leitrim in this prestigious competition:
Huge Congratulations to Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma who won the "Single Issue" Category with their campaign Use Your Brain Not Your Fists.
Tullaghan represented us in the "Islands & Coastal Communities" Category. This category was won by Inis Meain, Co Galway, with Spanish Point, Co Clare runners up. But Tullaghan did us proud and put our 3 miles of coastline firmly on the map!
The Pride of Place Judges, Donal Connolly and William Beattie came to Leitrim on 23rd July, spending half a day with each group.
The community in Tullaghan turned out in force, showing all it has to offer and showcasing Leitrim's 4km stretch of coastline with undeniable pride! The judges were treated to transport around the area in a combination of classic cars and pony & trap.
Comhairle na nÓg's presentation in The Base Youth Cafe in Drumshanbo was testament to the wonderful young people we have in Leitrim. Their short film "Use Your Brain Not Your Fists" left both judges visibly moved.
“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”.