Fingal communities gearing up for judging in 2017 IPB Pride of Place Awards

June 24, 2017 0

Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Rusheeney Village and Ongar Tidy Towns nominated by Fingal County Council in all-island competition   The annual IPB Pride of Place competition is about to kick-off in earnest and Fingal will be represented this year by the communities of Ongar, in Dublin 15, the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in the Naul and the Rusheeny Village Residents Association in Blanchardstown.

Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, NaulPride of Place is an All-Ireland competition which showcases the best community developments and achievements on the island. The competition is organised by Co-operation Ireland and is open to every local authority, north and south, to nominate groups to represent their county.

In 2016 Fingal County Council had two notable successes in the competition. The peninsula of Donabate/Portrane came second in the population category for communities of over 5,000 people. In addition, Mulhuddart Motocross Project won a Special Endeavour Award in the Communities Reaching Out Category.

This year, the community of Ongar in Dublin 15 will be represented by the Ongar Tidy Towns Group in the Urban Neighbourhoods category. Ongar is a fast growing suburb of greater Blanchardstown and the Tidy Towns group has already represented this area on the national t stage. This year the group will head up an entry which pulls together all the elements of the community in this diverse corner of Fingal.

The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in the Naul, North County Dublin, has represented Fingal County Council in the Pride of Place Competition before. This year the centre is entered in the Creative Places Category which will allow the Centre and the community of the Naul to showcase the unique creativity present in the North County village.

The third Fingal nominee is Rusheeney Village in Dublin 15. The active residents association in the estate applied to take part in this year’s competition and their ambition has been rewarded by being nominated in the Housing Estates category.

Judging in all three categories takes place over the period of July 4 and 5 and the winners will be announced at a banquet in Letter, Co Donegal, in early December.

Speaking about this year’s Fingal Pride of Place entries, Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “The annual Pride of Place Competition is a wonderful way for the communities of Fingal to showcase all that is best and most innovative in the county, and it is a great advert for communities working hand-in-hand with the local authority.  Last year was a very strong one for Fingal in the Pride of Place competition and I wish the three 2017 entries all the very best when the judges arrive in early July.”

The newly elected Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCambley, said: “I am delighted that Pride of Place is happening just at the start of my term of office as Mayor. It’s a great way of finding out first-hand the amazing work going on in the different communities of Fingal and the way the Council helps make so much of this happen.”

Last year a total of 104 communities from every county on the island of Ireland took part in the competition and all three communities are busy putting the final touches to their presentations ahead of the judges’ arrival next month.