‘Louth and Proud’ was the motto all the way when the ‘Pride of Place’ judges came to visit on 16th August 2017.
The competition, organised by Co-operation Ireland, and sponsored by IPB Insurance, serves to recognise and acknowledge exceptional community spirit around the island of Ireland. Nowhere was this community spirit more evident, than in the four centres nominated by Louth County Council for these awards this year.
The ‘Dee Hub’ in Ardee was the first stop on the tour on the 16th August where, once again, the judges were greeted with warmth and enthusiasm. Based on the identified need for youth and resource services in Ardee, and indeed in the mid-Louth area, the ‘Dee Hub’ was formed due to the foresight and commitment of a group of committed local volunteers. Its goal is to provide programmes and services to address the needs of all young people, adults and families in the area, and to support them to live empowering lives. In attendance were the Vice President of the European Parliament and MEP for the Midlands – North West constituency, Ms Mairead Mc Guinness, who spoke passionately about her home town of Ardee and the great strides being made by inspirational initiatives such as the ‘Dee Hub’. In addition Deputy Fergus O’ Dowd TD, Cllr. Colm Markey, Cllr. Liam Reilly and Cllr. Dolores Minogue also expressed their admiration for this forward looking and impressive facility, with a model that encompasses all that is good about voluntary commitment to delivering national programmes. A wonderful asset to Ardee and the mid-Louth region in general.
It is wonderful to get the opportunity to showcase all that Co Louth has to offer and hopefully their efforts will be suitably rewarded at the awards ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday 2nd December 2017.