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Loving Life Choir honoured as part of All Ireland housing award

Foscadh scheme takes top award in Belfast

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Ken O Héiligh (left), the CEO of Foscadh Housing and members of the Foscadh team Naoimh O’Brien, Senior Executive, Helen Doogan Tenant Engagement. Joe McNeill Chairperson Board of Directors, receiving the “Promoting Shared Communities” award for Lia Bhrega Estate at a glittering ceremony in the New Europa Hotel in Belfast.

Ken O Héiligh (left), the CEO of Foscadh Housing and members of the Foscadh team Naoimh O’Brien, Senior Executive, Helen Doogan Tenant Engagement. Joe McNeill Chairperson Board of Directors, receiving the “Promoting Shared Communities” award for Lia Bhrega Estate at a glittering ceremony in the New Europa Hotel in Belfast.

The Living Life Choir in Drogheda

The Living Life Choir in Drogheda

The Foscadh team were delighted to accept the award on behalf of the choir.

The Foscadh team were delighted to accept the award on behalf of the choir.

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Ken O Héiligh (left), the CEO of Foscadh Housing and members of the Foscadh team Naoimh O’Brien, Senior Executive, Helen Doogan Tenant Engagement. Joe McNeill Chairperson Board of Directors, receiving the “Promoting Shared Communities” award for Lia Bhrega Estate at a glittering ceremony in the New Europa Hotel in Belfast.

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The Loving Life Choir in Drogheda will have to get a bigger mantlepiece as the awards keep on coming for the community choir!

Foscadh Housing Association was announced winner of the Promoting Shared Communities award for its Drogheda-based Lia Bhrega Estate at the 2022 Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) All Ireland Housing Awards, held at the weekend in a glittering gala ceremony in the new Europa Hotel in Belfast.

Foscadh Housing received the all-Ireland recognition for its housing and community initiatives that encourage the integration of people and communities from different backgrounds. Judges assessed entries on the basis of thoughtful development and innovative local engagement schemes to promote diversity in terms of race, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, housing tenure or other category.

The Loving Life community children’s choir is among the key features of the organisation’s winning entry into the CIH awards program, showcasing the choir’s achievements in creating positive opportunities for youth participation across Drogheda.

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Foscadh Housing CEO Ken O’Heiligh said the award was a credit to his team, the Association’s Board, the residents of Lia Bhrega and Louth County Council who together have achieved one of the most integrated housing communities in Ireland.

“By finding common ground for the diverse population, Foscadh Housing has supported the development of a flourishing community,” he said.

“I was honoured to attend the All-Ireland Awards 2022 on behalf of Foscadh Housing and the Loving Life Choir. This community choir is continuing to provide positive opportunities for members and foster a hopeful and inspired outlook”.

Foscadh Housing was also shortlisted in two other categories, More Than Bricks and Mortar which recognises housing and related initiatives that encourage the integration of people and communities from different backgrounds, and the Housing Hero category, which celebrates outstanding individuals who have used creative approaches to solve real life housing issues they encounter.

Foscadh Housing’s winning entry as well as the two shortlisted entries will now feature in the CIH Good Practice Compendium 2022 featuring the very best achievements of housing professionals in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The CIH All Ireland Housing Awards for 2022 features 15 categories including Excellence in Leadership, Working in Partnership, Excellence in Customer Service, Promoting Shared Communities and Best Housing Story.

The awards program recognises good practice within the housing sector and celebrates the “creativity, passion, and innovation of housing organisations and individuals from across the island of Ireland.”

Many recordings of the Loving Life Choir can be found on their Facebook & Instagram page and on the Foscadh Housing website

www.foscadhhousing.ie


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