The winners of the IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were announced last night at a gala awards ceremony in Letterkenny.
The awards acknowledge the achievements and the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
Brawny housing estate in Athlone achieved a runner up award in category nine, which is for housing estates.
Fore in Westmeath picked up one of the Special Awards announced during the ceremony. The judges said this was “a tiny village with a great heart, where the skills and talents of the informed are channeled to the great benefit of the whole community.”
During the ceremony, 49 awards were announced in the main competition, the cities competition, and special awards, ranging from groups supporting small rural communities to those involved in large inner city housing estates. Donegal County Council hosted the evening and celebrated Irish musicians Donal Lunney and Paddy Glackin entertained the audience before the winners were announced.
RTE presenter Aengus MacGrianna was MC for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 800 people.
Tom Dowling, Chairperson of IPB Pride of Place Competition said: “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”.