IPB Pride of Place, in association with Co-operation Ireland, is a prestigious all-island competition with 12 categories, and entries competing within 32 counties for the coveted Winner or Runner-up prize.
Every county council / local authority in Ireland and Northern Ireland can nominate a maximum of three entries, which showcase exceptional efforts made by communities.
The purpose of Pride of Place is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland. Since it started 19 years ago the judges have met hundreds of thousands of people. The competition is based on communities demonstrating directly to the judges their pride in their place by presentation, exhibitions of community activities and culture and a tour of the area highlighting the aspects of which they are particularly proud.
In 2020 and 2021, communities rose to the challenge and the competition went ahead virtually.
In 2021, Leitrim County Council nominated Cloone Tidy Towns for Bothar na Naomh in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category, and Tullaghan in the Islands and Coastal Communities category. Due to Covid restrictions, the Awards Ceremony was deferred until May 2022.
We are delighted to announce that Tullaghan beat entries from all around the coast of the 32 counties to emerge Winner of the category Islands & Coastal Communities!
Cloone Tidy Towns - Bothar na Naomh - Winners in 2021!
Cloone Tidy Towns faced some very stiff competition so was not successful in winning a prize, but Bothar na Naomh is an excellent project that represented Leitrim very well.
Congratulations to both groups.
Townspark, Carrick on Shannon -Winners in 2020!
In 2020 Townspark, Carrick on Shannon won their category Urban Neighbourhood. This was a fantastic achievement!
Dromahair also represented Leitrim in the Category Population 300-1,000.
Fenagh Village Runners-up in 2019!
In 2019, Leitrim County Council nominated Fenagh Village in the population 0-300 category, Ballinamore Tourism in the Tourism Initiative category, and Drumkeeran Friendship Club in the Age Friendly Initiative category.
Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma Winners in 2018!
In 2018 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!
Bornacoola Runners up in 2017!
Other entrants in 2017 were Carigallen under the population category and Manorhamilton under the Creative Place category.
In 2016, Leitrim won 2 awards!:
Carrick on Shannonwas runner up in category 4, for areas with populations between 2,000 and 5,000.
Drumshanbo Community Councilwas runner up in category 7, for Community Business Enterprise Initiatives.
Rossinver was also nominated in the category for communities with a population under 300.
“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”.