Monday 23 September 2019

Carlingford in running for Pride of Place award

Margaret Roddy

Carlingford has been selected to represent Louth in the Pride of Place 2019 All Ireland Competition in the Community Tourism Initiative category, while Louth Village will be representing the county in the category for communities with a population 300-1,000.

The Drogheda and District Support 4 Older People will take part in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.

Louth has done really well in this competition in recent years with the Maria Goretti Foundation winning the Community Reaching Out category in 2017, while the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre won the Community Wellbeing Initiative category last year.

Hopes are high that this year's representatives will also bring honour home to the Wee County.

Carlingford has been a huge success for tourism, despite the uncertainty of Brexit. Widely described as one of Ireland's best kept secrets, the village is a popular destination for tourists from both sides of the borer as well as overseas. The opening of the Scenic Carlingford Ferry in 2017 and the Ireland's Ancient East branding have given tourism in the area a boost.

The increase in tourism has had a direct impact on the level of employment in the village from which the local community benefits directly

Community spirit is very much alive in Louth Village, which has been revitalised in recent years with a number of developments, including the opening of the new playground and the Community Hub. The village, which also boasts the Credit Union, St. Mochta's GAA club and the Church of the Immaculate Conception, has seen a significant increase in population due to opening of new facilities and the great work being undertaken by the local community.

The Drogheda and District Support 4 Older People has had a hugely positive impact on the wider community in South Louth as the organisation provides support for the health and wellbeing for older people.

The Pride of Place, which endeavours to showcase community spirit across Ireland, is organised by Co-operation Ireland, in conjunction with IPB Insurance. Barry Eaton of Louth County Council said 'We are delighted that the communities of Louth Village and Carlingford, and volunteers from the Drogheda Support 4 Older People are representing Louth in this year's Pride of Place Competition. It is a wonderful competition which showcases all that is best and innovative in communities throughout the island of Ireland. Louth County Council has worked closely with all three groups and we are confident that they will represent our county with pride. We wish them the very best of luck'.

The groups are extremely proud to be chosen to take part in the Pride of Place competition and are eagerly awaiting the visit of the judges. Judging of the competition will take place on Thursday August 22 in Drogheda and Carlingford, with the judges visiting Louth Village the following day. The Pride of Place awards ceremony will take place on Saturday November 30.

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