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5/12/2017 - Pride of Place award for Comharchumann Forbartha Gaoth Dobhair

Pride of Place Gaoth Dobhair

Representatives of Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair  winners at the IPB Pride of Place Awards with Seamus Neely and Mairead Cranley from Donegal County Council 


Comharchumann Forbartha Gaoth Dobhair came out top in the Creative Place Initiative at Saturday night's IPB Pride of Place Awards ceremony held in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.


The group impressed the judging panel who visited the area earlier this year with the work they have done in reviving traditional Irish culture and heritage especially among young people and in the role they played in the recent re-opening of Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, the Irish language theatre which will act as a catalyst for the future regeneration of the cultural heritage of this Gaeltacht area.


The IPB Pride of Place awards ceremony which was hosted for the first time in Letterkenny by Donegal County Council saw more than 800 people from all over Ireland attend Saturday nights event.


Pride of Place Group 379 x 269

Pictured at the IPB Pride of Place Awards held in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny are Tom Dowling, Pride of Place Committee, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh, Mayor of Derry & Strabane District Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council, Mr Seamus Neely, Mairead Cranley, Donegal County Council.  Back row: Charles Sweeney, Donegal County Council, Michael Garvey IPB Insurances, Peter Sheridan, Co-operation Ireland, Paula Maddigan, Co-operation Ireland, Cllr. Liam Blaney, Cllr. Michael Naughton and Terry Mc Eniff, Mount Errigal Hotel


Speaking at the ceremony Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said that “Pride of Place is an ideal platform to recognise the huge efforts being made by communities around the country and to thank people for their selfless efforts in making local neightbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise”.


He added “Community activity would be a shadow of what it currently is without the men and women young and old alike who volunteer their free time for the benefit of others the benefit of their neighbourhoods”.


There were also successes for Letterkenny Youth and Family Services who were runners up in the Category 8 - Community Reaching Out Initiative and Oileán Thoraí Tory Island who were runners up in Category 10 - the Islands and Coastal Communities.


Pride of Place LYFS

Representatives of Letterkenny Youth & Family Service who were prize winners at the IPB Pride of Place pictured with management and staff from Donegal County Council


The Letterkenny Youth and Family Services is a voluntary community service working with statutory and non statutory agencies to provide a multi disciplinary approach to addressing the needs of young people and families.  Programmes include After Schools Service, Bullying Programme, Anger Management Intensive Support, Autism Support and Family Programmes.


Pride of Place Tory

Representatives of Oileán Thoraí who were prize winners at the IPB Pride of Place pictured with Seamus Neely and Mairead Cranley from Donegal County Council 


The Comharchumann on Oileán Thoraí have been central to a range of initiatives on Tory Island including the provision of a new helipad facility resulting in increased air passenger service, the recent opening of a crèche, the setting up of the Island’s first ever youth club and a range of social participation projects. 


The IPB Pride of Place Awards is an all-Ireland competition which started in 2003 and celebrates community group contributions to local society and the creation of civic pride.  It focuses on local people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all this is good about their area.  The competition is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border and is sponsored by IPB Insurance.


This year there were 106 entries to the competition and the runners up and winners in 19 separate categories were announced at the event on Saturday night and a live stream from the event was provided on


The Masters of Cermonies for the evening was well known RTE news reader Aengus MacGrianna and the entertainment was provided by a number of artists including Donal Lunny and friends and Donegal’s own Clann Mhíc Ruairí.


Pride of Place Sponsors

Pictured at the IPB Pride of Place Awards are Tom Dowling Pride of Place Committee, Michael Garvey, IPB, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Minister for State Joe Mc Hugh, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach and Peter Sheridan, Co-operation Ireland


Minister for State Joe McHugh also attended the event and he was joined by Tom Dowling Chairman of the Pride of Place committee, Dr. Christopher Moran Chairman of Co-operation Ireland, Peter Sheridan, CEO of Co-Operation Ireland and Michael Garvey CEO of IPB Insurance and George Jones Chairman of IPB Insurance and Seamus Neely Chief Executive of Donegal County Council.


Special thanks to Champion Travel Letterkenny, Moonshine Coffee Shop Letterkenny, Mount Errigal Hotel, Station House Hotel, Castlegrove Country House Hotel, Aura Leisure Centre, Magees Pharmacy, Mc Fadden’s Letterkenny, The Natural Way Letterkenny, Gartan Outdoor Centre, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Sharon’s Hair and Beauty Letterkenny, who sponsored the spot prizes for the night.


Pride of Place Ray 

Representatives of Ray Community Group pictured at the IPB Pride of Place Awards with Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Cllr. Liam Blaney, Cllr. Ian Mc Garvey, Minister Joe Mc Hugh, and Mr Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council



Pride of Place Magheraroarty

Representatives of Club Óige gCriost Rí Machaiore Rabhartaigh pictured at the IPB Pride of Place Awards with Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Minister Joe Mc Hugh, and Mr Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council


To find out more about the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Awards visit  





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