Representatives from over sixty groups from every corner of the county attended the Muintir na Tire Pride in our Community Awards in Oriel House Ballincollig.
The judging teams from Muintir and Cork County Council were very impressed this year with the high standard of the projects that were involved and found it very difficult to choose an overall winner but in the end Ballinora and District Community Association won the Pride of County Cork Award. Their project was a mural outlining the history of Ballinora, and complimented the many great projects around the Ballinora parish.
Deputy Mayor of County Cork Cllr Michael Looney praised Pride of County Cork Winner, Ballinora and District Community Association, all the winners of the other categories and all those who entered the competition this year. He said that it was great to see the effort being put in by community groups in developing projects that highlight the wonderful county we live in. He thanked Muintir na Tire for organising the competition and said ‘this great competition rightly recognises and rewards community groups who develop and maintaining locally-based Amenity/ Projects which are of long-term benefit to the local community’.
Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising committee pointed out that the competition also seeks to make local people conscious of their local environment and promotes litter free communities. He said the competition is open to all voluntary groups in County Cork. Sean added that the organisers had simplified the competition after consulting with local groups. He urged any group that were planning a project or were maintaining an existing project to consider entering the competition next year.
Sean Murphy President of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said these projects highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. Our heritage and pride in our community makes us want to do as much as we can to improve our locality. It is no co-incidence he said that people travel the length and breadth of the county, visiting beauty spots – beautiful scenery that lifts their spirits and hearts. The impact of the amenity projects developed is enormous he added.
He said community projects like those developed by the Ballinora and District Community Association make towns and villages much better places to live.
He thanked Deputy Mayor Looney and Cork County Council for providing support for all of the groups in bringing this principle home. He said these projects also brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.
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Full competition details are available from Cork County Muintir ná Tíre 8 Sidney Place, Wellington Road, Cork City Tel: 021-4500688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org