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Saturday 22 July 2017

Communities with 'Pride of Place' sought

Member of Skerries Age Friendly Town committee
Member of Skerries Age Friendly Town committee

Fingal County Council is on the lookout for communities and projects in the county interested in taking part in the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition.

Pride of Place is an All-Ireland competition which showcases the best in community achievement on the island. The competition is organised by Co-operation Ireland and is open to every local Authority north and south to nominate groups to represent their county.

In 2016 Fingal was represented by the Mulhuddart Motocross Project, Skerries Age Friendly town and the communities of Donabate and Portrane. At the finals, the Mulhuddart Motocross Club was given a special award and the community of Donabate and Portrane was runner-up for areas with over 5,000 people.

The 2017 Competition will again have population categories for communities ranging in size from 300 up to larger areas of over 5,000 persons. In addition, specialist categories covering, youth-centred projects, cultural projects and urban neighbourhoods and housing estates will feature. Local authorities can enter up to five categories each year.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler said: 'I was delighted to see the efforts of the communities of Donabate and Portrane being recognised on a national stage because I am very aware of the hard work that is being done on the ground in partnership with the Council.'

Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said: 'The three projects nominated by Fingal County Council in 2016 were excellent examples of the innovative way the Council works hand-in-hand with its communities across the county. For two of the three projects to receive awards was very special and a tribute to the excellent work being done by our Community Department and our Community Officers.'

Communities and projects interested in representing Fingal County Council in the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition should email the community office at community@fingal.ie and state in no more than 300 words why you feel you are a good candidate for the 2017 Pride of Place competition. Emails should be sent before close of business on Friday, March 24.

Fingal Independent

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