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Five Galway Groups in the Running for Pride of Place Awards 2014

Nov 11, 2014

Pride of Place is an all-island competition which is directed towards recognising improvements by local communities in creating civic pride in their area and this year five communities and groups have been chosen to represent Galway city in the national competition. The Pride of Place National Gala evening will take place in the West County Hotel in Ennis on Saturday, 15th November, hosted by Clare County Council and Co-operation Ireland. The winners will be announced on the night and expectations are high that the Galway nominees will do well at the awards ceremony.

Two Pride of Place judges visited Galway City in July and met with the nominated groups individually; Croi, West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, SCCUL Enterprises, Transition Galway, Doughiska Merlin Woods, Galway's West End. Following a short presentation by the group and a questions and answers session, the judges walked around the area, allowing the nominated group to showcase their local area and highlight any projects or initiatives carried out. The judges assessed the entry based on a number of different criteria, including community engagement, social inclusion and links to other groups and businesses.

On Saturday, 15th November, the Mayor of Galway, Councillor Donal Lyons, and the Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, together with representatives from each of the five nominated Galway groups will attend the Gala function in Ennis. This annual competition has become one of the most prestigious community awards on the island of Ireland and is an excellent example of how communities can work together to make a real and practical difference to society. According to Tom Dowling, Chairman and Founder of the Pride of Place Initiative, "The competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong".

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