The village of Donohill played host in August to the judging panel for the prestigious IPB ‘Pride of Place’ competition. Pride of Place, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities, is an all island competition which allows entrants to showcase the excellent work which is carried out in order to make local communities a better place to live. Representatives from Donohill will attend the annual Pride of Place Awards Ceremony in Cork City Hall on Saturday 17th November.
The Pride of Place awards, known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars’, is an all-island award scheme which promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise. Each year, a broad spectrum of groups is nominated, ranging from small rural communities to inner city housing estates.
This year Tipperary County Council was represented by the village of Donohill in category 1 of the competition (0 – 300 population category). Judging took place on 3rd August. During their three hour visit in Donohil, the judges had an opportunity to talk to many local people and were given a visual presentation outlining the outstanding work carried out by various organisations within the village and its environs.
A number of local organisations were represented on the day and spoke enthusiastically of their working partnerships and admiration for the difference the people of Donohill have made to their local community.
Groups that contributed on the day included, Donohill Development Council Ltd, Donohill Community Hall, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Community Text Alert, Donohill Tidy Towns, Juvenille Soccer Club, Senior Soccer Club, Annacarty and Donohill Eire Og GAA Club, Donohill and Annacarty Eire Og Camogie Club, Cappawhite Ladies Football Club, Local Residents Group, Annacarty Active Retirement, Saint Francis National School Parents’ Association and the local business sector.
All organisations and groups in the locality work closely together helping each other and local residents. It is important to support all groups and individuals in the locality and hinterlands in order to support social inclusion, participation and fundraising events.
The judges visited a cross section of landmarks and places of interest in Donohill including Donohill historical Moat and Saint James’s Well, Donohill playground for a Play Day event, allotments, the Civic Amenity Site, the local Saint Francis National School, Donohill parish church and the newly developed Donohill community leisure complex, pitch and walking track etc. The judges were delighted to meet three generations of descendants at Dan Breen House and to sign the visitors’ book.
The activities rounded off with a fun event for young and old with some road hurling. No visit to Donohill would have been complete without a visit to Mary’s for traditional music and song, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
Colin Cummins, Donohill resident remarked, “It was an absolutely wonderful day, the presentations were great and the tour took, us from historical monuments to the newly developed complex at Donohill Lands, with road hurling and then finishing at Marys for music. It was perfect and hot sunny weather to boot. Well done everyone”
The judges admired the vibrancy and civic pride of the residents of Donohill. They also thanked Tipperary County Council who nominated the Three Drives for the competition.
Deirdre Cox, Pride of Place co-ordinator with Tipperary County Council, said “Donohill showcased all that is good and positive in their community. Everyone who participated gave their all on a wonderful afternoon and the future is looking bright for this community. I would like to wish Donohill all the best in the IPB Pride of Place awards night on Saturday”.
Eight members of the Donohill community will represent Donohill at the IPB Pride of Place awards in Cork City Hall on Saturday 17th November.