Success In Midlands For Pride Of Place Awards

Mullingar Winners

The awards took place in in front of community volunteers from across the island on Saturday night.

There was success for the midlands in the the Pride of Place community awards. 

Mullingar landed the 'Best Housing Estate' prize for Grange Housing Estate and the town's commitment to musical heritage led it to claim the ‘District with a Population over 5000’ category.

While Geashill took the top spot in the 'Creative Place Initiative' category for Offaly.

Mucklagh Community Development CLG was nominated in the ‘Town with a Population of between 1000 and 2000’ category, and Pullough village in the Community Resilience category. Both came runners up.

The awards, hosted by Marty Whelan, took place in in front of 400 community volunteers from across the island on Saturday night.

President Michael D. Higgins, who is Joint Patron of Co- operation Ireland, said the awards played an important role.

"The Pride of Place awards are a most important initiative, reminding us that creating societies that are ethical and inclusive is a task for all of our citizens, of all ages and circumstances."

Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland said: "Co-operation Ireland has no other programme that embodies the charity's ethos better than Pride of Place.

“We work to build relationships across the island and Pride of Place plays a critical role in that work.  The impact the awards have had in towns and villages across the island since they started 20 years ago cannot be underestimated, and the continuing success of the awards is down to the dedicated volunteers and their love of where they live.

George Jones Chairman, IPB Insurance said:

“On behalf of our local authority members we are proud to be associated with the Pride of Place awards as title sponsors. This competition provides a fitting platform to recognise the great strides volunteers across the island of Ireland are making in building more sustainable and liveable communities.”

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