21 November 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

The community of Tydavnet scooped the top prize at the 12th annual Irish Public Bodies (IPB) Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards which were announced in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday last. Clones and Corduff Raferagh also won awards.

There was an attendance of 800—1,000 people from across the 32 counties present. RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey acted as master of ceremonies. Saturday night’s gala ceremony was video-linked to all of the communities involved, so that everyone could enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Tydavnet took poll position in Category Three, for population centres of between 750 and 1500 people. It was Tydavnet’s second time in the national competition. The community’s efforts at large were rewarded with a the top trophy and €1,000 prize money.

Pat Deery, whom delivered the 20-minute presentation to the Pride of Place judges last August when they visited the community centre, said that this success would never have been achieved without the input of the community and the 72 different organisations within the parish.

When asked how much this recognition meant to the people of Tydavnet, Mr. Deery told The Northern Standard:

“This is as a result of the foundations placed by the people of the past, the tremendous of efforts of the people of the present and it’ll serve as an inspiration for the people who come after us.”

Speaking about Tydavnet, the judges said they were impressed in every respect from the moment they arrived in this small village in north County Monaghan until their departure:

“Belonging to Tydavnet is something that means so much to every member of this industrious, generous and thoroughly engaging community.

“Involvement at all levels is key and this is reciprocated with support from the council and other agencies. Huge pride is demonstrated in every aspect of life. The respect and pride for heritage and culture was palpable as was the care for people in the community who needed it most”.

The community of Clones, scooped one of the special awards. In their Clones citation, the judges said:

“This was probably one of the most enlightening presentations the judges encountered as it put in very clear terms the history of the area and the steely determination over a long period of time by the leaders of the community to overcome many obstacles.

“There is an obvious sense of pride emerging with some incredible new projects recently established, in particular, the development of what is arguably Ireland’s finest regional sports complex.

“Clones is a town with a future and for the power of the leadership in its community Clones is receiving one of our special awards.”

Corduff Raferagh, also claimed one of the top runner-up prizes in Category Two, for populations between 250—750 people.

On the day he and his wife visited Corduff Raferagh Community Centre, Pride of Place Judge Tom Dowling said that he was very impressed by the presentation, adding that this vibrant community had obviously considered sustainability. He was also full of admiration regarding how the population had grown.

Co-operation Ireland CEO Peter Sheridan said: “I congratulate everyone, and in particular the winners, who participated in year’s competition. Pride of Place celebrates what people like about where they live, the people and the areas that make a community what it is.”

He continued: “Co-operation Ireland values this Pride of Place competition as a key driver in community development and for the past 12 years, it has been an integral part of our work.

“However, we would not be able to do it without the support of our sponsors IPB, our judging panel, the Pride of Place Committee and everyone who works to make it a success.”

Speaking at the event, Ronan Foley, Chief Executive Officer of the IPB said: “IPB Insurance is proud to be associated as title sponsors of the IPB Pride of Place Awards and more importantly what it represents.

“I firmly believe that it is essential that we recognise communities and the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland that give of themselves selflessly every day. As a mutual insurer

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that insures local authorities and their communities across the island of Ireland, these awards are an excellent fit.

“It is clear that working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant communities. All those nominated epitomise the sense of community spirit that can be seen all across Ireland, with people committed to creating positive civic change in their respective communities.”Also in attendance was Tom Dowling, Chairman of Pride of Place, who was also one of the judges who visited Co. Monaghan, said: “After 12 years of Pride of Place communities all over the island of Ireland continue to demonstrate to the judges their amazing capacity to care for the people in their communities and respect for their heritage, culture and environment.”

IPB Pride of Place, which was first piloted in the summer of 2003 and came from the Local Authority All-Island Steering Forum, aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society.

The Pride of Place competition is unique as it specifically recognises the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration, including promoting social cohesion, heritage and environmental awareness.

The competition is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with the Pride of Place Steering Committee and is sponsored by IPB. For more information check out www.prideofplace.ie

At Monday’s meeting of Ballybay/Clones and Monaghan Municipal Districts, councillors were united in congratulating all involved in achieving this hat-trick for the county.


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