JFK50 'Gathering Event of Year'
COUNTY WEXFORD Gathering events won three major awards, including the Gathering Event of the Year, at a prestigious awards ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday.
Five County Wexford projects were shortlisted for the 2013 Excellence in Local Government Awards and the county was announced as the winner of the Gathering Event of the Year for the JFK50 Homecoming day in June; the best Library Service Category for Wexford County Library's Discover, Imagine, Grow! project, while 'Rebellion' at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre won in the Supporting Tourism Category.
Two other projects across Wexford were shortlisted for the 2013 awards, namely The Rocks, Wexford in the Sports Development Category and Arts Ability in the Sustaining the Arts Category.
The JFK50 'The Homecoming' event on June 22 was attended by up to 15,000 people.
New Ross Town Council had a flame from the Kennedy Torch at Arlington Cemetery transferred to the new Emigrant Flame at the quayside in New Ross by members of the Kennedy family who arrived in great numbers and participated in the ceremony.
The event produced a four-hour show on the main stage in New Ross which drew a huge crowd to the new look quay front.
New Ross Town Council beat off some stiff competition to win this award, other shortlisted events included: Cork Rebel Week, the International Hurling Festival, Kilkenny Tradfest, Limerick International Fashion & Design Festival, Manchester Mayo Gathering and The Hollywood Fair.
Commenting on the award win Eamonn Hore, New Ross Town Manager said: 'The Homecoming was a magical event; a labour of love, greatly appreciated by the Kennedy family and by the thousands of people from New Ross and from across the world who attended on that most memorable day in June.
'I would like to thank Chambers Ireland and IPB for their recognition of this fantastic Gathering event.'
Madeleine Quirke CEO of Wexford Chamber said she was delighted to see five wonderful projects across Wexford shortlisted for the annual awards.
'There are some fantastic projects taking place right across the country so to be shortlisted is a real honour and to win is a coup. I know that Wexford County Council and the town council put in a huge amount of work across all of these projects and it is fantastic to see this hard work honoured.
'I'm thrilled to see New Ross Town Council win this award, out of all of the thousands of Gatherings during 2013 to win this award, it really is an honour,' Ms Quirke said.
Speaking on behalf of the Wexford Gathering Committee, Chairman Cllr John Hegarty said meticulous planning and hard work went into the events, adding that he was thrilled that this was recognised nationally.
New Ross Standard