11 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE community and voluntary sector in Co Monaghan got some much-needed good news on Saturday night last as word filtered back from the ‘Pride of Place’ Gala Awards ceremony in Gorey, Co Wexford that two of the county’s three entrants in this year’s competition had been awarded the runners-up spots in their respective categories.
On Sunday morning, the communities of Glaslough and Inniskeen awoke to the news that their endeavours to improve their area had been recognised at the highest level. Glaslough received the ‘first runner up’ title and a cheque for €500 in their population category, while the efforts of the community of Inniskeen to preserve and promote Patrick Kavanagh Country were rewarded with the same prize in the ‘Community Tourism Initiative’ category.
This is Inniskeen’s second time to be recognised by the Pride of Place awards, as they were runners up in their population category just last year. Co. Monaghan’s third entrant, Clones, lost out to Ballymacarbry, Co Waterford, who were described as ‘the best entrant we have ever had in the competition’ in the small towns category. However, there were words of encouragement from the judges, who commented that the imminent completion of the Peace III funded sports facility and the re-development of the Ulster Canal will ensure that Clones are the town to watch in the near future of the competition.
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan TD joined Co-operation Ireland Chairman Christopher Moran and Pride of Place Committee Chairman Tom Dowling to present a total of 45 awards to a range of community and local development groups from across the island of Ireland. All of the winners demonstrated outstanding achievements in working together to enhance their local community and the lives people living in their local area.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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