January 29, 2016

Winners 2016

Best Business working with the Community sponsored by JCDecaux

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Submitted by: Cork County Council

The O’Neill family have been at Fernhill for four generations. Clonakilty has been good to us so we like to give back to the community. We have always held this belief. Three generations of O’Neills have been mayor of Clonakilty. Today we carry on this spirit through many activities.


Best Civil Engineering Project

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St. Mel’s Cathedral

Submitted by: Longford County Council

St. Mel’s Cathedral is located to the Southeast of Longford Town centre. It is a freestanding structure, a place of worship, surrounded by the Cathedral grounds. Adjacent to it, on the same site, are the presbytery facing onto Dublin Street and the building housing the Society of St. Vincent de Paul / Family Centre facing onto Chapel Lane. St Mel’s College is located on the adjacent site.


Best Community Based Initiative

Clonakilty Cycle Scheme

Clonakilty Cycle Scheme

Submitted by: Cork County Council

The Clonakilty Cycle Scheme is Ireland’s first rural community bike rental scheme which was based on a smaller scale version of the successful ones in cities like Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Galway and many others internationally. The community of Clonakilty, spearheaded by Tom O’Donovan, recognised that local public transport was not widespread and that what was there did not use sustainable fuel.


Best Connected Community

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Submitted by: Dublin City Council

Clontarf is a suburb in North Dublin. It has a population of roughly 18,000 people.The community of Clontarf has always been strongly connected. The Clontarf Residents Association (CRA) and the Clontarf Business Association (CBA) are local bodies who do a lot for residents. The CBA host frequent meetings, inviting guest speakers to come along and give their advice to local businesses.


Best Educational Building

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Eolas at Maynooth University

Submitted by: Kildare County Council

The new 8,000m² Eolas Building at Maynooth University provides state of the art Information Communication Technology facilities for undergraduate, postgraduate and research users as  well as a Business Incubations Centre for start-up businesses. The building is a major strategic investment by the University as part of an ambitious master plan for growth and development.


Best Energy Smart Initiative sponsored by Eirgrid

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Tipperary Photovoltaic Project

Prior to 2014, Tipperary County Council successfully improved the energy efficiency of all public buildings in Co. Tipperary. This was carried out by improving insulation levels, replacing windows, implementing low energy lighting, replacing old heating boilers with biomass boilers, installing heat pumps, and implementing further smaller changes.


Best Heritage Project

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Maam Women’s Group

Submitted by: Galway County Council

Maam women’s Group was formed in 1994 and the Group celebrates its 21st Birthday this Year. The Group was formed to give women the opportunity to have a greater say in local and national developments concerning women. We live in a disadvantaged rural area so it is important to have our voices heard.We organise evening classes for women in Art, Basket making and other crafts such as crochet and knitting etc. 


Best Micro/Start Up Business sponsored by Enterprise IrelandThe Big Red Barn

Big Red Barn

Submitted by: Mayo County Council

The Big Red Barn Company is the provider of the newest Portable Modular Structures on the market. Our product portfolio consists of Large Event Structures (18.2 Meter x 19.4 Meter), The Little White Chapel – A Portable Chapel with seated accommodation for 100 people – suitable for Weddings and small events and a range of smaller modular structures.


Best Public Building sponsored by GEO Directory

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St. Mel’s Cathedral

Submitted by: Longford County Council

St. Mel’s Cathedral is located to the Southeast of Longford Town centre. It is a freestanding structure, a place of worship, surrounded by the Cathedral grounds. Adjacent to it, on the same site, are the presbytery facing onto Dublin Street and the building housing the Society of St. Vincent de Paul / Family Centre facing onto Chapel Lane. St Mel’s College is located on the adjacent site.


Best Public Park

Templeudigan Park

Templeudigan Park

Submitted by: Templeudigan Parish Council

Our goal in designing Templeudigan Park was to create a community asset which would be accessible to all, would engage all sectors of the community and would create a social and recreational amenity for residents of all ages. The range of amenities in Templeudigan Park show our goal of creating an amenity for all.


Community Volunteer of the Year

Peter Whyte

Peter Whyte

Submitted by: Kildare County Council

Peter Whyte became chairperson of Relay For Life Kildare in 2014. Relay For Life is a 24 hour event that brings the whole community together. At Relay, teams of family members and friends commit to having at least one team member walking around the track at all times. While they are doing that, a festival of fun and entertainment takes place which unites the community in the fight against cancer. The money that is raised by Relay enables the Irish Cancer Society to continue its lifesaving work.


Council of the year sponsored by IPB Insurance

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Wexford County Council

New Structures devised to support the Disability Strategy in keeping with the Local Government Reform Act 2014: Structures consist of extensively advertised ‘drop in events’ for the Council’s four municipal districts, involving community groups, stakeholders, and government departments. Submissions inform our Disability Strategy. Universal access retro-fit projects – Infrastructure and Public Building.


Emergency Response Person of the Year sponsored by Kantar MediaNoel BradySt John Ambulance Birgade - Paul Downes

Noel Brady of St. John Ambulance Brigade

Submitted by: Dublin City Council

As a young man of 20, Noel Brady decided to play his part in the protection of Ireland during the Emergency (1939 – 1945) by joining the St John Ambulance Brigade in 1940. This was to lead to a lifelong association with the organisation which he maintains to this day. Noel did not have to wait before his new found life saving skills were tested. During the North strand bombings in May of 1941, Noel along with many of his colleagues was mobilised to assist the dead, injured and displaced during that fateful night.


Best Tourism Initiative sponsored by Fáilte Ireland

The Irish Maritime Festival

The Irish Maritime Festival

Submitted by: Louth County Council

Having completed its 3rd year, the Irish Maritime Festival is the premier Festival in the North East. Now attracting in excess of 42,000 visitors annually, the Festival is aimed at both the international and domestic tourism market. This initiative has been very much driven by Louth County Council. We recognised the huge potential that this community based event had to generate tourism revenue and strengthen the sense of community and teamwork in Drogheda.


Local Festival/Event of the Year

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Liberties Festival

Submitted by: Dublin City Council

The Liberties Festival is a community and arts festival that was established as a direct response to the high level of deprivation in the Liberties. Its purpose was to celebrate the positive side of the community, its creativity, energy, passion for the arts, contribution to the arts, and love of sport. It furthermore aimed to provide events and entertainment at a price that the majority of the community could afford.


Local Sports Club of the Year

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Donabate Portrane Community and Leisure Centre Ltd.

Submitted by: Fingal County Council

The club is community & leisure based so endeavours to serve the needs of everyone from 0-100 years. Facilities include, gym which is wheelchair accessible, sports hall, coffee shop, Montessori, meeting room, sauna & steam room, changing facilities, library, dance studios and offices. The gym is suitable to all with a separate weights area, ladies area and 20 classes a week to suit every ability. All our gym staff are qualified and undergo CPD training.


Most Innovative Authority sponsored by Fexco

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Mayo County Council

May 2nd, 2015 saw communities around Mayo join in the first ever Mayo Day celebrations. Festivals and activities were organised in various towns and villages across Mayo to mark the inaugural Mayo day. Working in partnership with the Mayo education centre, 220 primary schools across the County were given an opportunity to take part in a Mayo day competition. ‘what Mayo means to me’ saw hundreds of students across the county submit artwork, poetry and short stories.


Most Significant Contribution to Water Quality sponsored by Eirewater

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Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant

Submitted by: Cork County Council

Clonakilty is a dynamic seaside town which has a reputation for fine food, festivals, blue flag beaches, and other features of natural and cultural heritage. It is the largest town in West Cork and is heavily reliant on tourism. It also boasts a sizeable contribution from local commerce and industries. The 2014 County Development Plan designates Clonakilty as a ‘Strategic Employment Centre’ for West Cork. The Skibbereen Local Area Plan sets population growth targets for Clonakilty of 74% to be achieved by 2020.


National Impact Award

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Yes Equality: The Campaign for Civil

Submitted by: Marriage Equality

This referendum was all about belonging – Irish lesbian and gay citizens had to ask the Irish people if they too can belong to Ireland and belong in Ireland. In their deep generosity the Irish people have said ‘Yes’– Yes, we belong.

The result means that having been ‘branded and isolated’ for decades, each lesbian and gay person knows now that they too belong in Ireland, as full, equal citizens.It means more. It means that lesbian and gay couples belong to each other in a rich, new, and profound way.


Special Merit Award

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Orla McNabola

Submitted by: Leitrim County Council

In a dramatic episode Orla Mc Nabola, a 17-year old Leaving Cert student, saved Johnny Martin’s life when she used a defibrillator and administered CPR to him after he suffered a cardiac arrest.


Grand Prix

Clonakilty Cycle Scheme

Clonakilty Cycle Scheme

Submitted by: Cork County Council

The Clonakilty Cycle Scheme is Ireland’s first rural community bike rental scheme which was based on a smaller scale version of the successful ones in cities like Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Galway and many others internationally. The community of Clonakilty spearheaded by Tom O’Donovan recognised that local public transport was not widespread and that what was there did not use sustainable fuel.


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