Pride of Place 2017
Local authorities were asked to nominate entries in the five population categories and three special theme categories of 'Community Based Youth Initiative', 'Creative Place Initiative' and a 'Community Reaching Out Initiative'. Three further non-population categories for 2017 are 'Housing Estates', 'Islands and Coastal Communities' and 'Urban Neighbourhoods'. There are 11 entry categories in all, and a council can make entries in a maximum of five categories in any one year.
Offaly County Council submitted three entries in the 2017 competition for site judging in July 2017. These were the Acorn Project and Youth Cafe (Edenderry Municipal District) as a ‘Community Youth Initiative’ and Tullamore Housing Association, Midland Simon and Rights for the Elderly Housing Association (Tullamore Municipal District) in the ‘Housing Estates’ category. Birr, the Offaly entry in the ‘Creative Place Initiative’ Category was awarded the ‘National Runner Up’ prize in this category for their work, at the national awards event on 9th December 2017.
In 2017, 2016 and 2015, Offaly communities were very generous in their support to the Pride of Place competition. The nominated entry locations coordinated a huge community effort in each area by which the entries were showcased on the judging visits. Please see further below. Thanks to all involved so far for the last couple of years in Pride of Place in Offaly, it has been a very valuable community effort.
IPB Pride of Place 2016, in association with Co-operation Ireland, have recently invited county councils to nominate communities and projects for the competition entry categories of 2016. Offaly nominated three entries this year
- Ballycommon (relevant population category)
- Kilcormac (relevant population category) and the
- Ferbane Food Campus (in the Ferbane Business & Technology Park' in the Community Enterprise category.
Congratulations to Ferbane Food Campus, awarded national winner in the ‘Community Business Enterprise Initiatives’ category in the annual Pride of Place Awards - known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars’ - on Saturday (26 November) in Belfast.
The Ferbane Food Campus is an innovative flagship project in West Offaly. Bord na Mona and the ESB rationalised in the 90’s significantly reducing local employment. In response, Ferbane Town Development Committee was established and drew up an initial 5 year plan, an outcome of which was the development of the Ferbane Business and Technology Park, now fully owned and operated by the community. Subsequent to a feasibility study in 2012, the Ferbane Food Campus was also established in the business park. Phase 1 was the development of a time-share kitchen and training facility for people trying to develop new food related products with market potential. This is now used by a range of local entrepreneurs. Phase 2 is to secure premises for food incubation businesses, as a step up facility for those using the kitchen, and phase 3 will focus on attracting established food producers to the campus to increase local employment - http://www.ferbanefoodcampus.ie
County Councils nominate entries to the Pride of Place all-Ireland competition each year. This is local authority recognition of excellent ongoing voluntary activity in communities as overall representatives of each county. Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick, Cathaoirleach, Offaly County Council congratulated the three entries of Kilcormac, Ballycommon and Ferbane noting that “committees and communities undertook great preparation for site judging visits in July, and for that we thank you”.
Kilcormac and Ballycommon, as the two other community entries for Offaly for 2016, nominated for their ongoing community work across various voluntary activities in their areas. Their nomination is a prestigious endorsement by the local authority, in recognition of the work they do. Although not every entry can bring home a prize, the ethos of this competition is that county nominations are already winners, through their submission by Councils to the competition. Offaly County Council extend congratulations to all involved in the three entries for Pride of Place 2016.
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Pride of Place 2015
Offaly had five entries nominated from the county, for the 2015 IPB Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland.
The first three entries in population categories reflected one entry each from the three Municipal Districts in Offaly:
- Population Category 0-300 - Shinrone (Municipal District of Birr)
- Population Category 1000-2000 - Daingean (Municipal District of Edenderry)
- Population Category 2000+ - Clara (Municipal District of Tullamore).
In addition, two further entries were made as follows:
Special Category : Community Health Initiative - Jigsaw Offaly
Non Population Category : Housing Estate - Arden Vale, Tullamore.
Offaly County Council is grateful for the work the communities undertook to help tell their stories to the very best of their ability, on the site visit judging date of 29th, 30th and 31st July.
Pride of Place results in November included the runner up in the Community Health Initiative national category for Jigsaw Offaly!
Well done to all involved.
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