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IPB Pride of Place Awards 2020 Saturday, November 21 at 7.00pm

Date: 19-11-2020

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Ireland’s largest community awards are to go ahead this year online, honouring communities across the island for their work during the Covid-19 crisis.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Community Sector’ the Pride of Place awards is an annual competition that promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local area a better places to live, work and socialise. It is organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance.

Local authorities from across the island nominate groups in their communities who they feel have made a significant contribution working collectively at improving their neighbourhood. The competition culminates with a Gala Awards Ceremony.

Mayo’s nominees, Ballina Lions Club, Belcarra Community Group, Westport Men’s Shed and Ballyhaunis “Celebrate Diversity” are among 82 groups to have been nominated this year. This is the 18th anniversary of the highly anticipated event, which was to be hosted in 2020 by Kerry County Council but will instead take place online with RTE’s Marty Morrissey as the event compere.

Pride of Place Chairperson Tom Dowling said: “The purpose of these awards has never changed. They are about recognising and celebrating the extraordinary, inspirational and tireless work being done by communities all over the Island of Ireland as they strive to make their place a better place in which to live.

“This year more than ever, the work of our communities was even more important as they managed the challenge of Covid-19 and ensured our vulnerable people were looked after. We are proud to have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all the wonderful communities who participated in this year’s awards.”

Richard Finn Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council added:

"The impact Pride of Place has had in towns and villages across Mayo since it started in 2003 cannot be underestimated, and its continuing success is down to the dedicated volunteers and their love of where they live.”

Maura Murphy, Pride of Place Liaison Officer, Mayo County Council: “We are extremely lucky in Mayo to have an abundance of projects and Community Groups to work with and choose from each year.  The level of commitment and dedication from communities and volunteers throughout County towards making their town/village a better place to live is evident year on year.  Mayo County Council would like to wish the four nominated groups well in Pride of Place 2020”.

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