Three Community Groups from Co Tipperary were were awarded for their excellence at the recent Pride of Place Competition held on May 16th last at the INEC Killarney, Co Kerry. Ballyporeen Community Council was awarded a major prize for the work of local people’s efforts to improve the village.
Tipperary County Council’s Cathaoirleach Cllr Marie Murphy congratulated Ballyporeen Community Council, saying that ‘the people in Ballyporeen really embody the ethos of Pride of Place by working together as one community to make their local area a better places to live, work and socialise’
Ballyporeen took top spot in the very competitive category ‘population of 300- 1000-’with Judges praising the work of the village’s Improvement Association. The awards, hosted by Marty Whelan took place in the INEC in Killarney with online streaming available for those unable to attend. The judges felt that “the village is fortunate to have an entire community using their own skills and expertise to maintain their beautiful location. This is Pride of Place in action.”
Tipperary County Council also had further success in the competition with runners up in both the small population 0-300 Category and Community Wellbeing. Ballysloe Tidy Towns took the runner up prize in the 0-300 category while the excellent Down Syndrome Tipperary were runners up in the Community wellbeing category.
Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 18 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.