Revealed: The most enterprising town in Ireland has been named
The overall winner of the 2017 Bank of Ireland National Enterprising Town Awards has been announced, with Tralee taking the top spot.
As part of the award the town will receive a €23,000 prize fund to invest in the further development of enterprise in the town.
The county Kerry town was chosen due to what the award judges described as “the immense collaboration they experienced while visiting the town from local business groups and the wider community.”
In addition the judges cited the overwhelming sense of purpose and pride from those living, working and doing business in Tralee as factors behind the town being awarded the top spot.
Other prominent winners at the event were the Dublin Docklands, Cootehill in Cavan and Carrick-on-Shannon in county Leitrim, who received €8,000 each in funding for their town.
The aim of the awards is to assist in the promotion of enterprise across the country by bringing business and community groups together to showcase to a panel of judges the spirit of enterprise in their local area.
Overall a total of 38 towns shared in the prize fund at the awards ceremony.
"The support of city and county councils all over Ireland contributed to the success of the awards and Bank of Ireland is extremely grateful for their support.
I would like to congratulate Tralee on taking the top prize and to commend all of our winners," David Tighe, head of open enterprise and innovation at Bank of Ireland, said.