The Mayor of County Cork Councillor Alan Coleman launched the Pride in our Community Competition at the County hall today. The Pride in Our Community Competition is now celebrating its 11th year and continues to encourage communities to showcase the best of their area and develop sustainable amenities that benefit the entire community. The competition which is organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire in conjunction with Cork County Council continues to go from strength to strength each year.
Over the years the competition has developed from a small idea to the very successful and popular competition that it is today with a prize fund of over €7,000, and over 40 groups are expected to take part again this year. Through this competition Muintir na Tire recognises and acknowledges the hard work of all the community organisations involved and this in turn supports the work of Cork County Council. The competition also seeks to make people aware of their environment, to continue the overall development of areas and to encourage litter free communities.
The County Mayor Councillor Alan Coleman praised the competition and promised continued support to the voluntary sector in County Cork. Cork County Council CEO Mr Tim Lucey praised Muintir na Tire for its commitment to rural development and for their help with the Mayors awards. Mr Brendan Scahill Community Worker HSE said they were delighted to be working closely with Muintir on many projects and he outlined the health benefits of many community projects.
Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising committee was keen to point out that competition now has many new amenity categories including Small Village Award
Best Large Town in Each Division, Best Heritage Project, Most Eco Friendly Project,
Social Inclusion Award, Best New Entry, Best Tourism Project, Best Maintained Existing Project, Healthy Town/Village Award and Innovation and Creativity. This he said should encourage more villages and towns to enter.
Annette Lane Chairperson of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said amenities highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. It is no co-incidence she said that people travel the length and breadth of the county, visiting beauty spots in County Cork and it is important that local communities are encouraged and supported to provide amenities and that villages and towns look good for visitor and locals..
She thanked the County Mayor and County
Manager Alan Coleman and Cork County Council Environment
Directorate for providing support for all of the groups in bringing this
principle home. She said these projects brighten up communities and enhance the
natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting
Muintir na Tire hopes to see all of our communities continue to support Muintir na Tire by partaking in the competition next year and we encourage all groups past and present to continue to develop their projects and ideas in the future. We really hope to see past groups coming back to work on projects in the future. Well done everyone.