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Community and Integrated Development

Pride of Place

IPB Pride of Place is a unique opportunity for community groups to be officially recognised on an all-island basis for the valuable work undertaken in their local areas. Entry is by way of county, city, borough or district council nomination only.

Past entrants in Pride of Place have included groups involved in a wide variety of activities across the social spectrum. The common thread is the impact and difference made in peoples’ lives.


Mayo County Council is inviting local communities as well as project and housing estate committees to build on the county’s strong track record of success in the IPB Pride of Place Competition by putting their name forward to take part in 2023.

Mayo has enjoyed considerable success in the all-island competition during recent years with overall wins for Belcarra Community Group and Ballina Lions Club in 2020, Ballina Community Clean Up in 2021 and Achill Community Tourism achieving Runner-Up in their category in 2022.

The annual awards programme, which is run by Co-Operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities North and South, aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect, and inclusion for every facet of society.

Mayo County Council is inviting expressions of interest from local communities, projects or housing estates who wish to seek nomination to the IPB Pride of Place 2023. 

In early May, the Local Authority will shortlist and nominate groups.

  • Entry Criteria

    There are thirteen categories under which communities can enter. They include:

    Main Categories :

    1. Population 0 - 500
    2. Population 500 - 1500
    3. Population 1501 - 4000
    4. Population over 4000
    5. Communities welcoming New Communities              
    6. Creative Place Initiative
    7. Community Wellbeing Initiative
    8. Community Tourism Initiative
    9. Climate Action and Biodiversity
    10. Community Age Friendly Initiative
    11. Housing Estates
    12. Islands & Coastal Communities
    13. Urban Neighbourhoods

    Groups interested in being considered for nomination are asked to apply detailing their preferred Category with a one-page typed summary (no more than 160 words) setting out their proposal to:

    Maura Murphy, POP Liaison Officer, Mayo County Council, Mayo House, Moneen, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or by emailing

    Summary should include:

    • A short description of location.
    • Details of the area represented, or group represented.
    • A short history and details of current activities.
    • Maximum 160 words and should be written as a paragraph in the third person.
    • No Lists, no personalities (named personages), no unexplained acronyms should be included.

    One photograph:   image to be reproduced at any size print ready should be supplied at a minimum 1748p x 1240px 

    The Expressions of Interest will be assessed, based on the Co-Operation Ireland criteria available at

    Closing date for receipt of expression of interests is 4 p.m. on 25th April 2023.

    A summary of steps involved in Pride of Place process is as follows:

    • The Expressions of Interest will be assessed and shortlisted by Mayo County Council, per category, based on the Co-Operation Ireland criteria.
    • Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been selected to compete at all-island level.
    • Preparation with successful applicants for judge’s visit begins – usually two judges from Pride of Place visit area (please also be advised that Mayo County Council provide support to shortlisted nominees).
    • Applicants will be judged on their submission. 
    • Judging season – June/September 2023.


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