Wicklow's historic gaol is a place to be proud of



Published 07/11/2012 | 09:00

Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, Tom Dowling, Chairman Pride of Place Committee; Christopher Moran Chairman of Co-operation Ireland and Cllr George Jones Chairman IPB are representatives from Wicklow Historic Gaol Group and right, the Gaol.

WICKLOW scooped a top prize at the All- Island Pride of Place Competition at the weekend.

Wicklow's Historic Gaol took one of the Special Awards, which is for entries whose work, or aspects of it, is unique.

This award was under the theme of cultural tourism.

The judges said described the visitor experience as atmospheric, realistic and thought provoking.

They believed it to be, one of the best examples of community and council collaboration.

They said ' the positive impact of this 'sustainable visitor attraction' is undoubtedly far reaching and makes a huge economic contribution to its locale.

It continues to be innovative and there are great plans for the future'. At the event the winners were congratulated and presented with their award 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 10th 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.

It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration including, promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.

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