It was great to see all the groups that participated in this year’s Pride in Our Community Competition at our very popular Pride in Our Community Awards last Thursday. The Judges were very impressed this year with the high standard of the projects that were involved. The Judges found it very difficult to choose an overall winner but Waterloo scooped first place and Pride Of County Cork Award. Their project involved the development of the Old School at Waterloo, exposing the ruins and creating a walkway which formed a looped walk to and from Blarney. They also developed and erected an interpretative display unit and an amenity area which included a water feature with a footbridge. Waterloo Photos The County Mayor John Paul O’Shea praised Pride of County Cork Winner Waterloo, 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. He added that ‘this great competition recognises and rewards community groups who develop new or existing locally-based Amenity/ Projects which are of long-term benefit to the local community’. Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising committee was keen to point out that 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. Mr Sean Murphy of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said these projects highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. It is no co-incidence he said that people travel the length and breadth of the county, visiting beauty spots – beautiful scenery which lifts their spirits and hearts. He thanked the County Mayor John Paul O’ Shea and Cork County Council for providing support for all of the groups in bringing this principle home. He said these projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.