Athlone’s Willow Park was recognised at this year’s IPB Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards, coming in as runner-up in the main competition in the Housing Estates category.
The winners were announced on November 14 at a glittering gala event in Ennis, County Clare. The Pride of Place Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of people who work tirelessly to create pride in their local area and a better place for local residents.
Some 43 groups, ranging from those in small rural communities to groups in inner-city housing estates, took winning or runner-up positions in the main and cities competitions. A further six groups received Special Awards, while one local authority received a special Council Award. Each year, practically every local authority on the island of Ireland nominate groups for doing exceptional work in their communities.
Speaking at the event, Tom Dowling, founder of the event and chair of the Pride of Place committee, said: ”Even after 13 years, I and the rest of the judges continue to be amazed at how communities from all over the island demonstrate their amazing capacity to care for the people in their communities and respect their heritage, culture, and environment.
“I also pay particular thanks to the local authorities all over the island of Ireland, Co-operation Ireland, and IPB Insurance for their ongoing support for this unique community competition.”