Pride of Place 2018

Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building charity. Since it was established in 1979 as Co-operation North, we have worked to encourage and promote interaction, dialogue and practical collaboration within Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

“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”, according to Tom Dowling, former Meath County Manager and Chairman of the Pride of Place initiative. 

The competition features communities from every city/town and county in the island of Ireland and is now the country’s most prestigious community event.

Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre wins Pride of Place award

The Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre was honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).

Representatives from the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre, Co Louth with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Liam Reilly (LCC) pictured along with Council Officials, receiving their award

for the Community Wellbeing Initiative-Targeted category, at the IPB 'Pride of Place' awards ceremony in association with Co-operation Ireland at City Hall, Cork.


The group took first place in the Community Wellbeing Initiative - Targeted category.

 The judges said: "This Centre made an immediate impression on the judges who experienced ongoing therapy sessions at first hand. They visited this impressive facility which is a sanctuary

for the retreat, reflection and recovery of cancer sufferers and met with the enthusiastic volunteers who work alongside a dedicated professional staff body."

Collon also represented Louth in the Population Category 300 – 1000 and were very proud to represent their community at the awards night. They have worked exceptionally hard to develop

their community. (Pictured below representatives from the Collon group with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Liam Reilly (LCC)  receiving their Certificate.


 The Pride of Place awards, described as the ‘Oscars of the Community Sector’, celebrates the often unsung work of community groups that selflessly work to make local neighbourhoods a better place to live in, work in or visit.  Organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place awards sees the country’s local authorities, on both sides of the border, nominate outstanding projects that contribute to civic pride.

 The Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council Cllr. Liam Reilly attended the ceremony and said: “Louth has a strong tradition of volunteerism and community action and we have taken part for many years in the Pride of Place competition. The Gala Awards evening recognises the invaluable efforts of our volunteers who glue our communities together”.

 Joan Martin, Chief Executive of Louth County Council expressed her delight at Louth’s representatives at the awards.  “Collon represented their county with great pride and the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre’s success in winning the Community Wellbeing Initiative – Targeted category is a fantastic achievement. Louth has a proud tradition in the Pride of Place competition and we will continue to support this initiative going forward. I would also like to congratulate all the winners, and recognise all those nominated for the competition, all of which continue to work tirelessly to strengthen our communities.

(Pictured below representatives from the Gary Kelly group with Joan Martin, CEO, (LCC), Cathaoirleach Cllr. Liam Reilly (LCC) and other members of LCC Council and LCC staff) at a ceremony to celebrate their win at the Council Chamber, Louth County Council)


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