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Over 100 communities across the Island of Ireland represented at the IPB Pride of Place Awards in Cork City Hall

The annual competition, described as the ‘Oscars of the Community Sector’, celebrated the work of community groups and volunteers who work to make their communities a great place to live, work or visit. Organised by Co-Operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB, the Pride of Place awards is made possible through local authorities on both sides of the border nominating outstanding projects that contribute to civic pride.


Cork City Council hosted this year’s gala awards and 900 attendees enjoyed a Gala Awards event in the beautiful surroundings of City Hall, Cork.

Chairman of IPB Insurance George Jones said:

“Pride of Place is an important platform as it recognises those who give freely of their time to make their neighbourhoods a better place to live and work. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant sustainable communities. I would like to congratulate all those recognised on the night and indeed all of the communities shortlisted in these All-island finals.”


Pride of Place 2018 Winners and Runners Up

Cities Competition

Category One – Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population under 1000

Bloomfield, Belfast  – Runner Up

Douglas Street, Cork – Winner

Category Two – Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population of 1000 – 2000

Market Area, Belfast – Winner

Category Three – Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a population over 2000

Ballyfermot, Dublin – Winner

Category Four – Creative Place Initiative

Limerick Civic Trust – Runner Up

Community Centre for Music and the Arts, Dublin – Winner

Category Five – Community Wellbeing Initiative

Rainbow Child and Family Centre, Derry – Runner Up

SPACE, Newry – Winner

Category Six – Communities Reaching Out Initiative

4th Port Dodder Sea Scout Group, Dublin – Runner Up

Children’s Grief Centre, Limerick – Winner


Main Competition Categories

Category One – Population Category 0-300

Ballintubber, Co Roscommon – Runner Up

Kilmeedy, Co Limerick – Runner Up

Ray, Co Donegal – Winner


Category Two – Population Category 300 – 1000

Coolaney, Co Sligo – Runner Up

Killeshin, Co Laois  – Runner Up

Balla, Co Mayo – Winner

Category Three – Population Category 1000 – 2000

Quin Village, Co Clare – Runner Up

Rathfern, Co Antrim – Runner Up

Rathdrum, Co Wicklow – Winner


Category Four – Population Category 2000 – 5000

Maghaberry, Co Antrim – Runner Up

Thomastown, Co Kilkenny  – Runner Up

Bunclody, Co Wexford – Winner


Category Five – Population Category over 5000

Buncrana, Co Donegal – Runner Up

Youghal, Co Cork – Runner Up

Shannon Town, Co Clare – Winner

Category Six – Creative Place Initiative

K-Fest, Co Kerry – Runner Up

The Fitzone Foundation, Co Armagh – Runner Up

Muintir Chrónáin – Áras Chrónáin, Clondalkin, South Dublin Council Area – Winner

Category Seven A – Community Wellbeing Initiative – Holistic

Ceol le Chéile, Older Persons Council, Co Donegal – Runner Up

Fit Towns Ballinasloe and Accessibility, Ballinasloe, Co Galway  – Runner Up

Westmeath Age Friendly Programme, Co Westmeath – Runner Up

Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma, Co Leitrim – Winner

Category Seven B – Community Wellbeing Initiative – Targeted

Erris Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association, Co Mayo – Runner Up

Waterford & Tramore Arch Club – Runner Up

Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre, Co Louth – Winner


Category Eight – Community Tourism Initiative

Kells Regional Economic Enterprise, Co Kilkenny – Runner Up

Tulsk Action Group, Co Roscommon  –  Runner Up

Moneygall Development Association, Co Offaly  – Winner

Category Nine – Housing Estates

Ard Mc Gill Estate, Co Donegal – Runner Up

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Estate Management Fora – Runner Up

Garden City & Crestwood Estates, Co Meath – Winner

Category Ten – Islands and Coastal Communities

Baldoyle, Co Dublin, Fingal Council Area – Runner Up

Spanish Point, Co Clare – Runner Up

Inis Méain, Co Galway – Winner


Category Eleven – Urban Neighbourhoods

St Mark’s Parish Tallaght (St Mark’s Youth Club), South Dublin Council Area – Runner Up

Corduff, Co Dublin, Fingal Council Area  – Winner

Special Awards –

Blackwater Women’s Group, Co Kerry

Clonegal, Co Carlow

Cork Street Pastors

Maharees Coastal Area

Open Circle Arts, Co Kilkenny

Wicklow Hospice Foundation

Council Community Engagement Award

Meath County Council