Tuesday 23 July 2019

Five district projects shortlisted as finalists

Taking a stroll on some of the new gravel paths that were installed as part of the Vartry Trails
Taking a stroll on some of the new gravel paths that were installed as part of the Vartry Trails

Myles Buchanan

Five community initiatives from within the Wicklow District have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2019 All Ireland Community and Council Awards.

Now in their 13th year, the Awards aim to celebrate and recognise Councils and communities working together while also bringing national recognition to achievements that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Wicklow Municipal District successfully nominated all five. The Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race is hosted by Wicklow Sailing Club every two years and is considered one of the world's top offshore sailing races. The Round Ireland has been nominated in the category Best Tourism Initiative.

Another finalist is Marine House Hospitality Training Centre at the Murrough in Wicklow town for Best Educational Building. Marine House has undergone an extreme and extensive makeover and is now a customised centre of excellence, fulfilling the requirements of future clients who wish to engage in training to enter employment in the hospitality sector

KWETB Riverwalk Cafe Culinary Entrepreneurship appears in the category of Best Education/Training Initiative and the Vartry Trails Project in the category of Best Tourism Initiative. The Vartry Trails were officially opened by An Taoiseach in June of last year.

Commenting on the nominations, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow Municipal District, Cllr Daire Nolan, said: 'It was great news to see so many entrants from Wicklow shortlisted. It is testament to the hard work of all involved who bring these quality projects and events to Wicklow which help to enhance our everyday lives'.

Wicklow People