Entries for the 16th annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland have now closed. The judging is now in its final stages with the hard task of selecting the winners and runners up awaiting the judging team.
This year's Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will take place on 17th November 2018 and will be hosted by Cork City Council in their City Hall. Information on tickets for the event will be made available to your local authority liaison officer by mid September. More information surrounding the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be made available in the coming weeks on the competitions dedicated website: www.prideofplace.ie.
The IPB Pride of Place Competition 2018 in association with Co-operation Ireland was officially launched by Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald on Friday, 20th April in Cork City Hall.
Speaking at the launch, the Lord Mayor said “this city has a history of collaboration, community development and volunteerism, and hosting the Pride of Place Gala Awards gives us an opportunity to showcase that community spirit. Pride of Place has become one of the most prestigious awards on the island of Ireland, recognising community endeavour most of which is done in a voluntary capacity with no expectation of reward. The Gala Awards which will be held on Saturday 17th November will be a very special evening when people come to Cork to celebrate and acknowledge those efforts.”
“We’re looking forward to welcoming people from towns, cities and villages in every county across Ireland who have been nominated by their local councils – and hope that they’ll enjoy a great stay in the rebel City. Voted one of the top ten cities in the world to visit by the Lonely Planet Guide our historic, creative, exciting and ever-changing city has lots for people to explore; take a stroll round the English market, visit the Cork Public Museum, the Crawford Gallery or Cork City Gaol and take a walking tour on a journey through the city's most important streets and buildings like Shandon Steeple”
Peter Sheridan Chief Executive Officer, Co-operation Ireland added: “For Co-operation Ireland, the Pride of Place competition embodies the ethos of the organisation and it shows how working together ordinary people can make a real positive change to society. I congratulate everyone who participated in this year’s competition, but especially the winners and I look forward to seeing them at this year’s award ceremony.”
Chairman of IPB Insurance George Jones said: “IPB Insurance is proud to be associated as title sponsors of the IPB Pride of Place Awards and more importantly what they represent. I firmly believe that it is essential that we recognise communities and the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland that give of themselves selflessly every day. As a mutual insurer that insures local authorities and their communities across the island of Ireland, these awards are an excellent fit. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant communities. All those nominated epitomise the sense of community spirit that can be seen all across Ireland, with people committed to creating positive civic change in their respective communities.”