Fore wins special award
The winners of the IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were announced last night at a gala awards ceremony in Letterkenny. The awards acknowledge the achievements and the work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in community development.
Fore picked up one of the Special Awards announced. The judges said this was “a tiny village with a great heart, where the skills and talents of the informed are channelled to the great benefit of the whole community and the spirit of the Meitheal is truly demonstrated”.
Brawny Housing Estate, Athlone, achieved a runner-up award in category nine, for housing estates.
During the ceremony 49 awards were announced in the main competition, the cities competition and special awards, ranging from groups supporting small rural communities to those involved in large inner city housing estates.
Donegal County Council hosted the evening and celebrated Irish musicians Donal Lunney and Paddy Glackin entertained the audience before the winners were announced. RTÉ presenter Aengus MacGrianna was MC for the ceremony, which was attended by 800 people.
Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 15 years ago through a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the work undertaken by communities and groups across Ireland. It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements.
The winners were presented with their awards by Minister Joe McHugh TD, government chief whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, An Ghaeltacht and the Islands, cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Dr Christopher Moran, chairman Co-operation Ireland, Michael McGreal, vice-chair, IPB Insurance, and Tom Dowling, chairperson, Pride of Place Committee.