The Mayor of County Cork Councillor John Paul O’Shea launched the Pride in our Community Competition at the County Hall yesterday. The Pride in Our Community Competition is now celebrating its 12th year and continues to encourage communities to showcase the best of their area by developing 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 50 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 around the County and this in turn supports the work of development 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 John Paul O’Shea praised the competition and promised continued support from Cork County Council 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 also for their help with the Mayors awards. In a message to the launch Mr Brendan Scahill Community Worker HSE Cork North said they were delighted to be working closely with Muintir on many projects and he outlined the health benefits of some 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. He said that a new category was being introduced this year to reward Communities who are developing 1916 Commemorative projects.
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 continue to look attractive for visitor and locals.
She thanked the County Mayor and County Manager John Paul O Shea and Sharon Corcoran and her staff at the Cork County Council Environment Directorate for providing support for the organising, judging and funding of the competition. She said these projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.
She said tha Muintir na Tire hopes to see all of our communities continue to support our work by partaking in the competition this 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. Niamh O Dwyer County Council Co-ordinator said it was now easier than ever to enter the competition. She urged groups to enter online at muintircork.com
or to contact 0214500688 and request a Brochure / entry form.
Full competition details and photos of Launch are available from Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre 8 Sidney Place, Wellington Road,Cork CityTel: 021-4500688 Mobile 0872034876Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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