Fethard Town Park triumph at the prestigious IPB Pride of Place Community Awards

Fethard Town Park came runner up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative Category at the IPB Pride of Place Community Awards in Armagh on Friday night 10th November 2023.

The awards have grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

Speaking at the event, Maurice Moloney, Director, Fethard Town Park & Coolmore Ireland congratulated all the worthy winners on the night and stated “Fethard Town Park is a collaboration effort of many stakeholders who have shown enthusiasm, generosity, and commitment to achieve the Regional Centre of Excellence in Sport, Health & Recreation we have today”

Director Anthony Fitzgerald, Tipperary County Council, also in attendance at the event stated, “the Pride of Place awards celebrate the very best of communities from around the country. I am delighted that Fethard Town Park has been rightfully recognised for their efforts. At Tipperary County Council we continue to work closely with communities to help them embrace a spirit of pride and to support them in creating transformative impact.”

Accolades also went to Nenagh who took the honours in the towns with a population of over 4,000 people category. Their project, entitled ‘We♥Nenagh’ was a collaboration of Nenagh community representatives, co-ordinated by Nenagh Municipal District, the Silver Arch Family Resource Centre and Clúid Housing.

The awards, hosted by UTV’s Pamela Ballentine, took place in front of 400 community volunteers from across the island. The awards were delivered in partnership with Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council.

Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 21 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

President Michael D. Higgins, Joint Patron of Co-operation Ireland, said the awards played an important role. “The Pride of Place awards are a most important initiative, reminding us that creating societies that are ethical and inclusive is a task for all of our citizens, of all ages and circumstances.”

Sir Julian King, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland said, ”Co-operation Ireland has no other programme that embodies the charity’s ethos better than Pride of Place. We work to build relationships across the island and Pride of Place plays a critical role in that work.  The impact the awards have had in towns and villages across the island since they started two decades ago cannot be underestimated, and the continuing success of the awards is down to the dedicated volunteers and their love of where they live.”

 John Hogan, Chairman, IPB Insurance said. “Volunteerism is a cornerstone of community resilience and exemplifies the very spirit of mutual support and care that these Awards have championed throughout our longstanding partnership. By supporting these awards, we not only celebrate the remarkable individuals and groups who go above and beyond for their communities but also aim to inspire others to join in this noble pursuit of creating better, more liveable places for all.”