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Call for entries to represent Fingal in the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition

Call for entries to represent Fingal in the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition

Fingal County Council is on the lookout for communities and projects in the county interested in taking part in the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition.

Pride of Place is an All-Ireland competition which showcases the best in community achievement on the island. The competition is organised by Co-operation Ireland and is open to every local Authority north and south to nominate groups to represent their county.

An event will take place at 7.30pm in The Atrium, County Hall Swords on Tuesday, February 28th to launch the Council’s 2017 Pride of Place Competition. At the event, the three groups who represented Fingal in the 2016 Pride of Place Competition will be recognised for their great achievements.

In 2016 Fingal was represented by the Mulhuddart Motocross Project, Skerries Age

Friendly town and the communities of Donabate & Portrane. At the finals, held in Belfast in November, the Mulhuddart Motocross Club was given a special award in recognition of the community endeavour involved. In addition the community of Donabate/ Portrane was runner-up in the Population category for areas with over 5,000 people.

The 2017 Competition will again have population categories for communities ranging in size from 300 up to larger areas of over 5,000 persons. In addition, specialist categories covering, youth-centred projects, cultural projects and urban neighbourhoods and housing estates will feature. Local authorities can enter up to five categories each year.

Fingal County Council has been involved in Pride of Place for over ten years and in that

time over 30 communities and projects have done Fingal proud by taking part in the Competition. There have been nine outright winners, runners-up and special category prizes over those years. Among the communities to have picked up awards in Pride of Place since 2004 are Skerries, Malahide, Ballyboughal, Donabate, Parslickstown House, Draiocht Arts Centre and Mulhuddart.

Speaking ahead of next Tuesday’s event the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler said “ I was delighted to see the efforts of the communities of Donabate and Portrane being recognised on a national stage because I am very aware of the hard work that is being done on the ground in partnership with the Council”.

“The Mulhuddart Motocross project is an example of the innovative work the Council does and it fully deserves the special endeavour award it received. I expect many other communities and projects the length and breadth of Fingal will be excited about getting involved in the 2017 Competition”.

Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said “The three projects nominated by Fingal County Council in 2016 were excellent examples of the innovative way the Council works hand-in-hand with its communities across the county. For two of the three projects to receive awards was very special and a tribute to the excellent work being done by our Community Department and our Community Officers".

Communities and projects interested in representing Fingal County Council in the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition should email the community office at and state in no more than 300 words why you feel you are a good candidate for the 2017 Pride of Place competition. Emails should be sent before close of business on Friday March 24th.

For more information on the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition contact Rafe Costigan, liaison officer at or at 087-2203944.

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