By Dan Walsh
Kilmuckridge village and Glenbeg Point Estate (Ardamine) are among the 82 groups nominated in the virtual 2020 IPB Insurance Pride of Place awards when the 18th anniversary of the awards take place online due to the Covid-19 pandemic on Saturday, November 21st.
The Pride of Place awards is an annual competition organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance. It promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local area a better place to live, work and socialise. Local authorities from across the island nominate groups in their communities who they feel have made a significant contribution to improving their neighbourhood, working collectively.
Pride of Place Chairperson Tom Dowling said; “The purpose of these awards has never changed. They are about recognising and celebrating the extraordinary, inspirational, and tireless work being done by communities all over the Island of Ireland as they strive to make their place a better place in which to live.
“This year more than ever, the work of our communities was even more important as they managed the challenge of Covid-19 and ensured our vulnerable people were looked after. We are proud to have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all the wonderful communities who participated in this year’s awards.”
Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland added: “Co-operation Ireland has no other programme that embodies the charity’s ethos better than Pride of Place and in 2020 it’s even more important it takes place to recognise the huge efforts of ordinary people during the pandemic.”
George Jones, Chairman, IPB Insurance said: “IPB Insurance is proud to be associated as title sponsors of the IPB Pride of Place Awards and more importantly what they represent. Working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant communities.”
Kilmuckridge village and Glenbeg Point Estate (Ardamine) are among the groups nominated in 2020. RTE’s Marty Morrissey will host the event and the awards will be streamed at www.prideofplace.ie