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Winners Announced for the All Ireland Community & Council Awards 2021

Presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA


The All-Ireland winners for the Community & Council Awards 2021 presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA have been announced; the finalists represented their counties in the Crowne Plaza, Dublin Airport on Saturday 9th April 2022. For fifteen years these awards have grown in popularity nationwide, celebrating communities and councils working together.

It was an extraordinary year for entries with over 160 nominations received! Following an in-depth judging process over 100 projects nationwide from 30 counties were shortlisted across 24 categories.

Highlights of the evening included the coveted Grand Prix Award, sponsored by IPB Insurance, being awarded to Relationships Matter: building ACE awareness in the community, who also took home the award for Best Community Health Initiative, sponsored by Healthy Ireland. Council of the Year, sponsored by IPB Insurance, went to Wicklow County Council while Clare County Council was recognised with the National Impact Award for the Clare Covid Hero’s Award & Card Writing Initiative.

Cork County Council’s Library Housebound Service was crowned the Best Community Based Initiative while Kerry County Council was awarded Best Energy Smart Initiative, sponsored by Energia for Dynamic Purchasing System for Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Works. Dublin County Council took home the Best Social Enterprise of the Year Award for Specialisterne Ireland.

Now in their 15th year, the 2021 All Ireland Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA celebrate community and councils working together. They provide a great opportunity to highlight the work done within our communities, to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives as well as acknowledge achievements from local Community and County Councils, partnerships and projects that enhance our everyday lives.


IPB Insurance has continuously grown its involvement in the awards, this year being their sixth year as headline sponsor. George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance, said:

“IPB Insurance is proud to be headline sponsor of the Community and Council Awards in partnership with Local Authority Members Association (LAMA). As the mutual insurer to Ireland’s local authorities, we are delighted to support these Awards which celebrate the unique and symbiotic relationship enjoyed by Local  Authorities  and  their  communities.  These  awards  also  serve  to  illustrate what can be achieved when community volunteerism is encouraged and supported at a local level.”

Cllr Micheal Anglim, Chairperson of LAMA commented;

The 31 local authorities throughout the country have been always very supportive of the Awards and of LAMA and that is always very much appreciated. There are people here from different counties throughout the country. Many of you are volunteers working tirelessly in your local areas for no reason other than the love you have for your parish, village or town. You are the people who give the best example of what it is to be Irish.”

Full list of winners at the All-Ireland Community & Council Awards 2021 presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA

Best Arts/Culture Initiative

Best Business Working with the Community (Sponsored by An Post)

Best Community Based Initiative (Sponsored by Bolt)

Best Community Health Initiative (sponsored by HI)

Best Community Sports Team/Club

Best Connected Council

Best CSR Community Programme

Best Disability Access & Inclusion Initiative

Best Education/Training Initiative

Best Energy Smart Initiative (Sponsored by Energia)

Best Environmental or Ecological Project or Initiative (Sponsored by EPA)

Best Heritage Project

Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment

Best Micro Business

Best Public Park

Best Social Housing Initiative (Sponsored by Geo Directory)

Best Tourism Initiative (Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland)

Best Waste Management Programme (Sponsored by Eastern-midlands Waste Region)

Community Volunteer of the Year

Emergency Response Person/Team of the Year

National Impact Award

Council of the Year (Sponsored by IPB Insurance)

Grand Prix Award (Sponsored by IPB Insurance)

Best Social Enterprise of the Year (sponsored and nominated by Rethink)