Winners of the 15th Pride of Place Awards Announced

Winners of the 15th Pride of Place Awards Announced

Winners of the 15th Pride of Place Awards Announced

Winners of the 15th Pride of Place Awards Announced

The winners of the 15th annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were announced at the weekend at a Gala Awards Ceremony in Donegal.

The awards are the pinnacle of the annual competition, which recognises the work community organisations do for their local society. Each year councils and local authorities from across the island of Ireland nominate groups in their area, who they believe have made an outstanding contribution to supporting and strengthening their local community.

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. RTE presenter Aengus MacGrianna was MC for the ceremony, which was attended by over 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 invaluable work undertaken by communities and groups across the island of Ireland. It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements.

The winners were presented with their awards by Joe McHugh TD, Government Chief Whip & 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.

Tom Dowling, Chairperson of IPB Pride of Place Competition said

“This unique competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”. He added that he was delighted that this year’s gala ceremony was being held in Donegal”

Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said

“The Pride of Place Awards ceremony is an ideal opportunity for communities to come together and learn from each other. This will be important as we prepare for the inevitable changes Brexit will bring to the island of Ireland. This evening, we have witnessed some of the finest examples of people working together to create a positive future and we all must continue to build on this so that Irish society as a whole can benefit. I congratulate all the nominees who took part in the competition this year”

Michael Garvey, Chief Executive Officer of title sponsor IPB Insurance, reaffirmed his company’s support for the competition, he said:

“The IPB Pride of Place awards is an ideal platform to recognise the positive social impacts being made in communities across the island of Ireland. I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the communities involved for their spirit of collaboration and camaraderie in making it to the finals. It is also important to recognise the role of local authorities, North and South, who work closely with their communities to support inspiring voluntary initiatives. These awards serve as one of the important ways that we can recognise those involved in working to make a difference in society”.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said “I am delighted that Donegal has been chosen to host this prestigious awards ceremony and that we welcomed over 800 people to celebrate and recognise the wonderful contribution that community groups make to life in their own local areas all across the island of Ireland.  This has been a great opportunity to showcase what Donegal has to offer and I hope all our visitors have had a wonderful experience and that they bring home with them fond memories of their trip to Donegal”.


View all photographs taken on the evening.


Full list of Winners and Runner ups


Main Competition


Category One - Population Category 0-300

Attymass, Co. Mayo                                           Winner

Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim                                            Runner up

Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry                                               Runner up


Category Two - Population Category 300 – 1000

Latton & Bawn, Co. Monaghan                        Winner

Ballymacoda / Ladysbridge, Co. Cork                  Runner up

Victoria Bridge Village, Co. Tyrone                      Runner up


Category Three – Population Category 1000 - 2000

Slane, Co. Meath                                                  Winner

Enniscrone, Co. Sligo                                               Runner up     

Portlaw, Co. Waterford                                            Runner up


Category Four - Population Category 2000 - 5000

Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork                                        Winner

Dunleer, Co. Louth                                                   Runner up     


Category Five - Population Category over 5000

Clonakilty, Co. Cork                                            Winner

Trim, Co. Meath                                                        Runner up


Category Six – Community Based Youth Initiative

Galway County Comhairle na nÓg                        Winner

The Attic Youth Café, Longford Town                    Runner up     

Oasis Youth Club, Portadown                                Runner up


Category Seven – Creative Place Initiative

Comharchumann Forbartha Gaoth Dobhair,

(Gweedore Co-operative), Co. Donegal                           Winner

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Co. Offaly                                    Runner up

Tallaght Community Arts, South Dublin County Council Area    Runner up


Category Eight – Community Reaching Out Initiative

Maria Goretti Foundation, Co. Louth                       Winner

Kerry Social Farming Project                                       Runner up

Letterkenny Youth & Family Services, Co. Donegal        Runner up


Category Nine – Housing Estates

Kiln Lane, Mountrath, Co. Laois                              Winner

Brawny Housing Estate, Athlone, Co. Westmeath          Runner up

St. Patrick’s Villas, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick              Runner up


Category Ten – Islands and Coastal Communities

Lady’s Island Village, Co. Wexford                              Winner

Tory Island, Co. Donegal                                                 Runner up


Category Eleven – Urban Neighbourhoods

Newpark Close, Kilkenny City                                    Winner

Ballyroan, South Dublin County Council Area                   Runner up

Lisnamult, Roscommon Town                                         Runner up


Cities Competition


Category One – Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population under 1000

Lower Oldpark, Belfast                                     Winner

The Courts, Ballymun, Dublin City                         Runner up


Category Two - Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population of 1000 – 2000

Grange Woodbine, Raheny, Dublin City                          Winner

Blarney Street, Cork City                                                    Runner up


Category Three - Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population over 2000

The Village Salthill, Galway City                                  Winner

Seymour Hill and Conway, Lisburn, Co. Antrim               Runner up


Category Four – Community Environmental Initiative

Bonfire Night Community Volunteers, Cork City   Winner

Let’s Get Galway Growing, Galway City                          Runner up


Category Five – Community Based Youth Initiative

Upper Springfield Youth Team, Belfast                      Winner

Dreamscheme Northern Ireland                                      Runner up     


Category Six – Social Inclusion and Equality Initiative

Back of the Pipes Residents Association/

Flanagan’s Fields Community Garden, Dublin City                   Winner

Newry Rainbow Community                                                          Runner up


Council Community Engagement Award

Fingal County Council                                                          Winner


Special Awards


Fore, Co. Westmeath                                                                             

Erica’s Fairy Forest, Cootehill, Co Cavan                                                   

Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, the Naul, FingalCouncil Area                      

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Co. Kilkenny                                                       

CLG Cuar an Chláir Health & Wellbeing Team, Co. Clare                        

Barretstown Children’s Charity, Co. Kildare