IPB Pride of Place, in association with Co-operation Ireland, is a prestigious all-island competition with 12 categories, and entries competing within 32 counties for the coveted Winner or Runner-up prize.
Every county council / local authority in Ireland and Northern Ireland can nominate a maximum of three entries, which showcase exceptional efforts made by communities.
In 2020, Pride of place went ahead in a different way. Judging took place in August with a paper review and a zoom call.
Leitrim's nominees in 2020 are:
Townspark, Carrick on Shannon/Breffni- Category Urban Neighbourhood
Dromahair - Category Population 300-1,000.
Fenagh Village scooped the Runner-up in 2019!
The Awards took place on 30th November at a lavish ceremony in the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.
The purpose of Pride of Place is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland. Since it started 17 years ago the judges have met hundreds of thousands of people. The competition is based on communities demonstrating directly to the judges their pride in their place by presentation, exhibitions of community activities and culture and a tour of the area highlighting the aspects of which they are particularly proud.
In 2019, Leitrim County Council nominated Fenagh Village in the population 0-300 category, Ballinamore Tourism in the Tourism Initiative category, and Drumkeeran Friendship Club in the Age Friendly Initiative category.
Fenagh was pipped at the post by Athleague, Co Roscommon. The village has recovered from a major flooding setback in 2009, when the community rallied round to trigger a wonderful transformation.
Ballinamore Tourism’s category was won by Kerry Camino, deemed to be a fantastic sustainable tourism product. Runners-up were Carlingford Community Forum and Sligo Food Trail.
The Age Friendly category was won by Déise Day Centre in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, with Cavan
In 2019 judging took place in Leitrim on 15th and 16th July.
Our nominated groups had to do 20 minute presentation, followed by 10 minute question & answer session, followed by a demonstration/tour.
All of them did the county proud!
Congratulations to our nominees in 2019:
Drumkeeran Friendship Club - Age Friendly Initiative
Fenagh Village - Population category
Ballinamore Tourism & Angling - Community Tourism Initiative
In 2018 Leitrim County Council nominated 2 groups to represent Leitrim in this prestigious competition:
Huge Congratulations to Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma who won the "Single Issue" Category with their campaign Use Your Brain Not Your Fists.
Tullaghan represented us in the "Islands & Coastal Communities" Category. This category was won by Inis Meain, Co Galway, with Spanish Point, Co Clare runners up. But Tullaghan did us proud and put our 3 miles of coastline firmly on the map!
“This unique competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”.