Local groups celebrated with grant awards
The Athenaeum in Enniscorthy was packed to capacity recently when the local Municipal District Council presented its annual community and residents' association grants.
The elected members in attendance along with senior officials from the local authority praised all of the volunteers in attendance for the great work they do within their respective communities.
The fact the work is done in a voluntary capacity was highlighted on the night and the significance of volunteerism within the community was the focus of much attention at the event.
A total grant allocation of €50,000 was awarded to 130 community, voluntary and residents' groups under this year's funding measure.
The grant scheme provides an opportunity to publicly recognise the voluntary contribution of groups within the town and district area.
Those involved in volunteerism come from all sectors of the community and the work involved includes a wide range of areas and sectors such as: youth, heritage, community, arts, enterprise and sport.
Those in attendance at the ceremony were told by the Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy MDC, Cllr Willie Kavanagh, that the diverse range of active groups illustrates the vibrant community spirit that exists within Enniscorthy district.
'Volunteering is a powerful force for change, both for those who volunteer and for the wider community,' said Cllr Kavanagh.
'We are more aware than ever that we cannot put a price on human endeavour and the contribution that people are making all across Enniscorthy municipal district,' he added.
Among the things highlighted on the night was the importance of investing in local people for the benefit of everyone and Cllr Kavanagh said that will ensure Enniscorthy remains a town and district where people want to live.
He thanked everyone present on the night for their hard work and successful community initiatives which he said foster 'a sense of community pride in our localities'.
District Manager, Liz Hore, also acknowledged the hard work of the volunteers and she also thanked Bernie Quigley, Margaret Kelly, Rory O'Connor and Moira O'Gorman for all their help in organising what was a very enjoyable night for everyone attending.
The various community groups that received grants on the night included: Adam Leacy and Louise Kelly Dance set (€200); Artbank, Bunclody (€550); Ajax AFC (€250); Ballagh Boxing Club (€300); Ballindaggin Community Centre (€400); Ballindaggin Development Group (€500); Ballymurn Hall (€350); Ballymurn Heritage Group (€700); Ballymurn Knitter Knatters (€300); Ballymurn Social Club (€300); Ballymurn Tidy Towns (€300); Ballymurn Youth Organisation (€400); Ballyroebuck Parish Hall (€400); Ballyroebuck Parish Hall (€100); Beneath My Angels Wings (€400); Blackwater Historical Society (€600); Blackwater Racing Pigeon Club (€200); Blackwater Junior Tidy Towns (€700); Blackwater Tidy Towns (€700); Boolavogue ICA (€225); Bree Community Development Ltd (€250); Bree Tidy Towns (€300); Bree United Soccer Club (€250); Bunclody Boxing Club (€700); Bunclody Festival (€300); Bunclody ICA (€300); Bunclody Swimming Pool (€250); Bunclody Tidy Towns (€500); Caim Community Centre (€450); Caim Mens Shed (€200); Caim United Soccer Club (€150); Castledockrell Amenity Group (€400); Catholic Guides of Ireland (€325); Clohamon Committee Development Group (€550); Clonegal Tidy Village Committee (€200); Country Markets Ltd, Enniscorthy (€150); County Wexford Community Games (€300); County Wexford Community Workshop (€100); CWCW (E) CLG (€200); Courtnacuddy Community Centre (€450); Courtnacuddy Youth Club (€50); Davidstown-Courtnacuddy GAA club (€300); Davidstown-Courtnacuddy LF and camogie club (€300); Davidstown Development Association (€475); Delightful Dollies Women's Community Group (€600); Eileen Aroon Festival (€250); Enniscorthy Archery Club (€350); Enniscorthy Boxing Academy (€450); Enniscorthy Brownies (€475); Enniscorthy Choral Society (€400); Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre (€150); Enniscorthy Gospel Choir (€600); Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society (€600); Enniscorthy Mens' Shed (€400); Enniscorthy Musical Society (€575); Enniscorthy Racing Pigeon Club (€300); Enniscorthy Street Rhythms (€275); Enniscorthy Swim Club (€300); Enniscorthy Swimming Pool and Leisure Complex Ltd (€300); Enniscorthy Tidy Towns (€400); Enniscorthy AFC (€250); Galbally Community Playschool (€250); Galbally Sports & Leisure Club (€250); Glenbrien Baby & Toddler Group (€650); Glenbrien Grotto (€300); Glenbrien Village Renewal (€450); Greater Bellefield Community Team (€325); Halfway House Bunclody GAA club (€200); Hempfield Close Neighbourhood Watch (€325); Irish United Nations Veterans' Association (€475); Kilmyshall Text Alert (€300); Kilmyshall Village (€400); Kilrush Camogie Club (€375); Kilrush Brownies (€375); Kiltealy Soccer Club (€300); Kiltealy Tidy Towns (€450); Kiltealy Walking Trail (€200); London Wexford Association (€525); Martina Leacey Dance Academy (€375); Marshalstown Amenity Group (€650); Marshalstown Castledockrell GAA (€300); Monageer Boolavogue Camogie Club (€200); Monageer Parish Grotto Group (€400); Oglaigh Naisiuntans hEireann (ONE) (€350); Old School Centre (€250); Oulart Community Centre (€400); Patrick Power (€400); Oulart Tidy Towns (€500); Oulart-the Ballagh Camogie Club (€200); Oulart Christmas Lights (€200); Oulart Hill Development (€300); Oylegate Development Committee (€200); Oylegate ICA (€300); Oylegate Youth Club (€300); St Aidan's Neighbourhood Watch (€325); St Anthony's St Patrick's Boxing Club (€475); St Brigid's Camogie Club (€400); St John's Enniscorthy Community Co Ltd (€350); SER Family Support Network (€100); Schools Soccer Coaching (€200); Scouting Ireland St Paul's Group, Blackwater (€400); Shamrock Ladies Gaelic Football Club (€600); Templeshannon Brownies (€657); Templeshannon Community & Childcare Centre Ltd (€550); Templescoby Dunsinane Community Group (€325); Templeshannon Bowling Group (€375); Respond (€150); Touched by Suicide (€600); The Woodsmen Horseshoe Club (€600); Wexford U14 Kennedy Cup Squad (€200); Bunclody Horticultural Society (€200).
The residents' associations who received grant awards on the night included: Meadowlands Residents' Association (€500); Meadowbrook Residents' Association (€600); Milehouse Residents' Association (€600); Ryland Wood Residents' Association (€600); Shingan Residents' Association (€600); the Orchard Residents' Association (€600); Waterside Close Residents' Association (€600); Westbury Woods Residents' Association (€600); Woodlands Ballymurn Residents' Association (€600); The Willows Residents' Association (€600) and Watch House Village Residents' Association (€600).