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Pride of Place Awards 2015

The all-Ireland awards, run by Co-operation Ireland and a Pride of Place steering committee, were presented in Ennis on Saturday night. More than 800 people attended the gala awards ceremony, where 43 communities won awards, as well as 6 special judges awards.

Cork City Council nominated four community initiatives for Pride of Place 2015 and was successful with two overall winners in their category and a runner up winner. The Pride of Place competition aims to recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration, including promoting social cohesion, heritage and environmental awareness, across the 32 counties of Ireland.

  • Ballyphehane Community Association, Cork City won the Population Category Neighborhoods 1000-2000. “The winning entry was in respect of a lovely community that has created a village feel to their place despite being in a busy urban area. The judges were immediately aware that all sectors have crucial support for their social and community needs. This is ensured by a very committed and energised community group” (judges citation)
  • Meitheal Mara – Bádóireacht Initiative, Cork City won Young People in the Community.  “The winning entry concerns a wonderful project led by a voluntary board that has been in existence for some time now. It is now an essential part of a city’s social infrastructure and is making a real difference keeping young people on the right track and giving them skills and confidence by its unique training and activity programmes. The reach impact and results from this project are truly exceptional (judges citation)
  • Friendly Call, were runners up in the Age Friendly Community Initiatives. Friendly Call Cork is a free phone call service for people living alone and is available in the Cork City and surrounding areas to older people and anyone feeling lonely, isolated or vulnerable.  It is supported by Cork City Partnership and the HSE

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