Fingal County Council received the Council Community Engagement award at the National Pride of Place Awards ceremony organised by Co-operation Ireland in Letterkenny on Saturday December 2.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley and Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid with Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance.
This is the 15th Pride of Place Awards Ceremony which recognises the work local community organisations do for their areas and residents.
During the ceremony 49 awards were announced in the main competition, the cities competition and special awards, ranging from groups supporting small rural communities to those involved in large inner city housing estates. RTE presenter Aengus MacGrianna was MC for the ceremony, which was attended by over 800 people.
Chief executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid was in attendance. After the winners were announced he said: “Fingal County Council work with various community groups who provide extremely valuable outlets to connect with residents and provide an outlet for those interested in the Arts, Culture, Sports, Nature and plenty more. I’m very grateful to all of the dedicated staff in Fingal’s Community Department and the local community groups who are dedicated to creating a community that is rich and diverse in local events, activities and services.”
The citation for Fingal County Council’s Community Engagement award was: “This council has continuously and actively participated in the growing and shaping of Pride of Place at an All-Island level and has influenced many aspects of the competition. Within its own communities the Pride of Place model is a mobilising tool in establishing local community focus and identity. This council, its councillors, chief executive and community staff thoroughly deserve to be recognised.”
The Seamus Ennis Arts centre in The Naul was a winner in the Special Award category for the work they do with Arts and Culture community groups.
A citation for the special award won by the Centre which is run by director Sean Paul O’Hare described it as: “A place that has ably demonstrated that the arts have a pivotal role in community life with individual lives being enhanced by their commitment and also by their achievements in maintaining cultural activities.”
Fingal County Council’s Director of Housing and Community, Margaret Geraghty praised the community work being done by Fingal County Council staff and local community groups: “Our department gets to work closely with a diverse and highly dedicated range of community groups across the County. They offer many valuable services which include arranging exciting arts, culture and sport events; helping to maintain Fingal’s environmental welfare and providing a social outlet for many people. This contributes hugely to the welfare of our residents as well as creating connections between people in our local areas.”
Following Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley who welcomed the award: “Having worked with numerous community groups in Fingal, I know that this award will be very encouraging. The services and outlets provided through the dedication of these groups and the support of Fingal County Council deserves recognition. I am also delighted to see the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre being awarded a prize as I know it is an extremely valued venue for many local people who value culture and the arts.”