Anticipation is building across the county as representatives from four energetic Cork communities prepare for the upcoming IPB Pride of Place Awards (in association with Co-Operation Ireland), due to take place in Kilkenny on Saturday 30th November. Cork County Council have proudly nominated 4 entrees for this year’s awards: Ballinhassig Village Association, Boherbue Tidy Towns Group, Beara Tourism Development Ltd and Seven Heads Peninsula Tourism & Courtmacsherry Development Association.
The awards recognise the work being done to create viable, vibrant and visible communities while giving the local authority the opportunity to participate in the heart of communities and contribute to their growth in a positive and impactful way.
IPB Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing throughout the country. Finalists representing County Cork in this year’s awards include Judging for this prestigious, all island competition took place in June over the course of two days, during which representatives from all four locations demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the growth of vibrant and viable communities in their areas.
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan wished the entrants the best of luck and noted:
“The nominated communities from County Cork have done outstanding work in raising the profile of their locality and the county as a whole. On top of their incredible day to day work, these groups went above and beyond to present the best Cork has to offer during the judges visits for the competition earlier this year. I’m delighted to see County Cork represented so strongly and I hope that our communities will come home victorious”.
Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council echoed the mayor’s sentiments and added:
“Partnership with communities is vital to the work of Cork County Council. As a local authority, we are privileged to have such strong communities to work alongside. The IPB Pride of Place Awards provide the perfect opportunity for us to recognise their work and I wish our nominees the very best of luck in this all-island competition”.
Now in its 17th year, the IPB Pride of Place competition has enjoyed tremendous success and continues to grow in prestige and popularity year on year.