Monday 17 June 2019

Rathdrum is nominated for Pride of Place award

Deborah Coleman

Rathdrum has been nominated for the 2018 Pride of Place Award by Wicklow County Council.

The competition acknowledges the work being done every day by communities all across Ireland and nominees demonstrate their pride in their locality through an oral presentation, exhibitions of community activities and culture, and a tour of the area highlighting the aspects of which they are particularly proud. It is also important that the community demonstrates real partnership with their local council and shows that all sectors of the community are included.

Cllr Pat Kennedy, who is coordinating and spearheading the Rathdrum campaign, said: 'This is a huge honour for the town of Rathdrum and will show the town at its very best on a national stage.'

The Rathdrum entry is focused around four key areas of the town: The Famine Graveyard, The Market Square, The Parnell Memorial Park and Avondale House and Forest Park.

Cllr Kennedy paid tribute to the many community groups who have worked together to prepare the entry.

'The community does a huge amount of work in all of the above areas and takes great pride in them. I would like to thank the various community groups for working with me in getting Rathdrum ready for judging, including the Rathdrum Development Association, playground committee, Tidy Towns and Christmas lights. I would also like to particularly thank the various Tús workers and individuals who have been out working over the past couple of weeks cleaning around the town,' he said.

Cllr Kennedy also acknowledged the work of Wicklow County Council and said that its nomination of the town 'shows the council's commitment to Rathdrum going into the future'.

Wicklow People