THERE IS plenty of pride in Bagenalstown after they scooped a top national pride of place award.
They took the top spot at the national awards ceremony in Limerick on Saturday night for populations of more than 2,000.
' We always have big expectations but this time we have surpassed ourselves,' said local Cllr Denis Foley.
The judges were particularly impressed during their visit to Bagenalstown by the river entrance to the town, the sports complex and the town park.
' The turnout on the day of adjudication, which included a large number of young people, was most impressive as were the entire presentation and site visits,' said a spokesperson for the adjudication panel.
' The various community groups have developed a very impressive range of facilities covering all sections of the community.
The manner in which the various sporting organisations share facilities in the town park is clear evidence of a community working together for the benefit of all'.
At the event the winners were congratulated and presented with their awards by Jan O'Sullivan Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Christopher Moran Chairman Co-operation Ireland, Tom Dowling, Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee and IPB Chief Executive Ronan Foley.
More than 400 representatives from practically every county in Ireland attended the event where the winners of the tenth consecutive annual competition revealed. They were announced by Will Leahy, 2FM presenter.
During the evening, the Minister paid tribute to all the participating groups who work tirelessly to create and promote pride in their cities, towns and villages.
The All-Island Pride of Place Competition recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society.
The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area