IPB Pride of Place 2019 was officially launched on Monday, 25th March 2019 in Kilkenny. Kilkenny County Council have been selected to host the 17th Annual All-Ireland Pride of Place Gala Awards Ceremony which will take place in the beautiful medieval City of Kilkenny on Saturday 30th November 2019.  Kilkenny has strong tradition of community involvement, volunteerism and community action and it is a great opportunity to showcase Kilkenny. 

Speaking at the launch, the Cathaoirleach, Councillor Eamon Aylward said “The fabric of any City or County depends on co-operation between communities.  Kilkenny has an excellent reputation for the success of its community groups which reflects a deeper desire for social justice, harmony and equality that is vital to a healthy and prosperous society.   It is an honour for Kilkenny to host the Pride of Place Gala Awards 2019 giving us the opportunity to showcase Kilkenny in its true glory with its narrow lanes and historic buildins on  Ireland’s Medieval Mile, along the banks of the River Nore. The Pride of Place Competition has grown from strength to strength since its inauguration 17 years ago and continues to acknowledge the voluntary work being carried out by communities all over the island of Ireland.  All this hard work and commitment by communities throughout the country will be recognised in what promises to be a “night to remember” in Kilkenny’s Lyrath Hotel on Saturday, 30th November, 2019.”

Peter Sheridan Chief Executive Officer, Co-operation Ireland added: “Co-operation Ireland celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019 and we have no other programme that embodies the charity’s ethos better than Pride of Place.

“The impact Pride of Place has had in towns and villages across the island 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.”

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.”

The categories for this year's competition are as follows: 

Category One: Population - 0 - 300

Category Two: Population - 300 - 1000

Category Three: Population - 1000 - 2000

Category Four: Population - 2000 - 5000

Category Five: Population over 5000

Category Six: Creative Place Initiative

Category Seven: Community Wellbeing Initiative

Category Eight: Age Friendly Initiative

Category Nine: Community Tourism Initiative

Category Ten: Housing Estates

Category Eleven: Islands and Coastal Communities

Category 12: Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages

In the Cities Competition, the categories are: 

Category One: Urban Neighbourhood/ Village under 1000

Category Two: Urban Neighbourhood/ Village 1000 – 2000

Category Three: Urban Neighbourhood/ Village over 2000

Category Four: Creative Place Initiative

Category Five: Community Wellbeing Initiative

Category Six: Communities Reaching Out Initiative

For more information visit Pride of Place