Louth County Council welcomes Pride of Place Judges to County

Louth County Council welcomes Pride of Place Judges to County

15th October, 2021: Pride of Place is an all island competition that acknowledges and celebrates the great work of communities throughout the country. As part of the competition community groups must demonstrate pride of their place, partnership with their local authority and inclusivity of the community at large by way of presentation on their activities to a judging panel.  Tom Dowling Chairman of the Pride of Place initiative remarks “The competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”.

On Tuesday 12th October, Louth County Council hosted a visit from the Pride of Place judges at Dundalk Sports Centre, and welcomed them to the county to judge their nominated entrants.

Louth has nominated two entries to represent the county in this year’s Pride of Place competition. Blackrock has been entered into the “Island and Coastal Communities” category, while “The House” which hosts the Cox’s Demesne Youth and Community Group are in the “Community Wellbeing” category.

The judging took place in the afternoon with the two nominee groups representing Louth, presenting on their areas of interest, followed by a question and answer session by the judges.

The competition which endeavours to showcase community spirit across the island of Ireland is organised by Co-operation Ireland, in conjunction with IPB Insurance. Speaking about the competition, Joan Martin, Chief Executive of Louth County Council said “We are delighted that Blackrock and “The House” in Cox’s Demesne are representing Louth in this year’s Pride of Place Competition.  It is a wonderful competition which showcases all that is best and innovative in communities throughout the island of Ireland.” 

Speaking after the judging, Paula Gribben, from the Social & Community Office, Louth County Council, said, “Today, both groups representing Louth were outstanding and we are confident that they will do well in this competition. It has been a pleasure for Louth County Council to work with both nominees over the years and we are extremely proud of their performance.”

Results of the competition will be announced on the 12th February 2022.

For more information on Pride of Place please visit www.prideofplace.ie

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