County Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).
Balla lifted the best Urban Neighbourhood/Village with a population between 300 and 1000 with the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association coming runners up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.
Mayo was represented by three projects at the awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.
Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall, Cork.
Pride of Place is an annual all-island competition organised by Co-operation Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authority partners which acknowledges the work of communities all over the island of Ireland. Judging took place in August and consisted of a site visit to each location with presentations by community representatives of their achievements and tours of the areas.
Spokesperson and Head of Community Engagement for Mayo County Council, Ms Síofra Kilcullen, said ‘We are extremely proud of our three entries who work tirelessly to make their communities better places to live, work and visit. That work goes on every day, and are delighted to get a chance to acknowledge it through the Pride of Place Competition’
A big congratulations to all!