4 December 2017
By Elaine Murphy
The Pride of Place Competition acknowledges the immense work undertaken by communities and groups across the island of Ireland. Judging for this prestigious competition took place in August where representatives from each shortlisted community demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the growth of vibrant, viable communities in their areas.
In the main competition, Carrigtwohill won the top prize in Category four, which is a Population Category of between 2000 – 5000. Clonakilty won the top prize in Category five, which is for populations over 5000 while Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge took the runner up prize in Category two, for populations between 300 and 1000.
In their remarks about Carrigtwohill, the judges said “When the judges arrived at this winning entry for the first time, one could feel the pride of place in the air. This is a community that so easily could have become a commuter town with no heart or soul. The fact that it is not, but instead is a wonderful, vibrant, proud place is due to the commitment of the whole community to make a difference. Nothing sits apart in this community, nothing is out on a limb, no person is forgotten, no group is isolated. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to play their part in making this place, a great place. Everything works for the good of the community, an achievement which greatly impressed the judges.”
On Clonakilty, the judges said “This category winner is a vibrant and colourful town that has over the years earned awards. The town has embraced sustainable tourism and offers an abundance of activities. On entering the town, the judges were particularly impressed with the beautiful streetscapes and the astonishing number of local organisations which cater for every possible need and interest. It was obvious to the judges that this town is an idyllic place to live, visit and work – made possible by the enthusiasm and commitment of the town’s numerous volunteers.”
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley congratulated all involved for their achievements, both on the ground and in making it to the finals, “I travelled with the Pride of Place judges during the Summer and was incredibly proud of the level of accomplishment across Cork communities. Cork County Council is immensely proud to work with and support such inspirational groups.”