DONAGHMOYNE AND KAVANAGH COUNTRY TAKE TOP HONOURS

22 November 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

More than 700 people filled The Venue at Ebrington Square in Derry last Saturday to hear the announcement of the winners and runners up in the 11th annual IPB ‘Pride of Place’ Competition.

The vibrant community and voluntary sector in Co. Monaghan once more shone, with Patrick Kavanagh Country bagging the runners-up spot in the ‘Community Arts Initiative’ category, and Donaghmoyne scooping top honours in the 200-500 population category.

Both groups, along with Laragh Heritage Committee, were nominated to represent the best of Co. Monaghan by Monaghan County Council.

The enterprising County Council project co-ordinator, Ms. Carol Lambe, who assisted the groups in making their pitch on judging day, back in August, said “I’m delighted for the Inniskeen and Donaghmoyne groups, who have worked tirelessly in their communities for the guts of twenty years.”

“This accolade is a small recognition of the hard work they have put in over the years. It was Monaghan County Council’s pleasure to nominate the groups as a token of gratitude to them on behalf of the people for whom they work so hard.”

The All-Island Pride of Place Competition recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society.

The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration including, promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.

The Competition is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with the Pride of Place Steering Committee and it is sponsored by IPB.

Speaking about the community of Donaghmoyne, the judges said “Responding to local needs is the hallmark of the group that underpins this small community …

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