The IPB Pride of Place competition, 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 a all-island competition.
In 2017 Co Leitrim was represented by Carrigallen, Manorhamilton Creative Arts Network, and Bornacoola Community Development. The winners were announced on 2nd December at a gala awards ceremony in Letterkenny. Donegal County Council hosted the evening and celebrated Irish musicians Donal Lunney and Paddy Glackin entertained the audience before the winners were announced. RTE presenter Aengus MacGrianna was MC for the ceremony, which was attended by over 800 people.
Bornacoola was announced Runner Up in its population category. The judges were impresseb by Bornacoola's strong sense of community. It has a range of very successful community groups which were commended by the Judges such as their vibrant purpose-built Youth Club, their ever expanding GAA club, their renowned Drama Club and the umbrella group Bornacoola Development Association. The Development Association run the very successful Lough Rynn Harvest Festival and Vintage Day now in its 23rd year which funds many other community groups within the parish.
L/R - Sean Mcguinness, AnnMarie Boyle from Bornacoola Development Association with Chief Executive of Leitrim Co. Co. Joseph Gilhooley and Cathaoirleach Finola Armstrong McGuire of Leitrim Co. Co. receive their award. Included are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and ; Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance.
Other entrants in the Pride of Place competition were Carigallen under the population category and Manorhamilton under the Creative Place category. Carrigallen showcased the town as a fabulous destination for angling and drama while Manorhamilton demonstrated the effectiveness and scale of its Creative Arts Network with 28 organisations representing a wide spectrum of artists, craft workers, actors, musicians, poets and writers.
L/R - Cllr Paddy O Rourke and Jerome Maguire from Carrigallen Development Company with Chief Executive of Leitrim Co. Co. Joseph Gilhooley and Cathaoirleach Finola Armstrong McGuire of Leitrim Co. Co at the Pride of Place Awards, Letterkenny
L/R - Grainne McGarthy and Kasia from Creative Artists Network, Manorhamilton with Chief Executive of Leitrim Co. Co. Joseph Gilhooley and Cathaoirleach Finola Armstrong McGuire of Leitrim Co. Co. at Pride of Place Awards, Letterkenny.
Tom Dowling, Chairperson of IPB Pride of Place Competition said
“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”.