Winners Announced for the All Ireland Community & Council Awards 2018

Presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA

The All-Ireland winners for the Community & Council Awards 2018 presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) have been announced; the finalists represented their counties in Croke Park for the first time on Saturday 3rd February 2018. For twelve years these awards have grown in popularity nationwide, celebrating communities and councils working together but for the first time the event moved to Croke Park for the All Ireland final and was aptly hosted by RTÉ’s national treasure, sports commentator, Marty Morrissey.

It was an extraordinary year for entries with over 150 nominations received! Following an in-depth judging process over 100 projects nationwide from 23 counties were shortlisted across 20 categories.

Highlights of the evening included the coveted Grand Prix Award, sponsored by IPB Insurance, being awarded to Waterford Greenway, who also took home the award for Best Tourism Initiative, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland. Council of the Year, sponsored by IPB Insurance, went to Mayo County Council while the National Gallery of Ireland was recognised with the National Impact Award for the refurbishment of the Historical Wings as well as also scooping the award for Best Public Building, sponsored by GeoDirectory.

Cork County Council’s Centenary Commemorations were crowned the Best Community Based Initiative while Cork City Council were awarded Best Energy Smart Initiative, sponsored by Eirgrid for Phase One of the Housing Fabric Upgrade Program while Louth County Council took home a Special Recognition Award for Innovation in Social Housing and Community.

Now in their 12th year, the 2018 All Ireland Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA celebrate community and councils working together. They provide a great opportunity to highlight the work done within our communities, to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives as well as acknowledge achievements from local Community and County Councils, partnerships and projects that enhance our everyday lives.

IPB Insurance has continuously grown its involvement in the awards, this year being their third year as headline sponsor.  George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance, said: 

“IPB is once again pleased to be associated with the Community and Council Awards. These awards serve as a showcase of what can be achieved when communities and councils work together. I would like to congratulate the winning projects and everybody shortlisted tonight on your achievements.”

Cllr Mags Murray Chairperson of the LAMA Executive commented;

Councillor Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA, said: “The Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA are a great opportunity to highlight and acknowledge excellent projects and initiatives at local, county and national level. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.

Full list of winners at the All-Ireland Community & Council Awards 2018 presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA

Best Arts/Culture Initiative

Winner: Westport 250 (Mayo County Council)

Silver Award: Ballyogan Festival (Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council)

Best Business Working with the Community (Sponsored by An Post)

Winner: Lilly Kinsale Manufacturing (Cork County Council)

Silver Award: Creacon Wellness Retreat (Wexford County Council)

Best Community Based Initiative

Winner: Centenary Commemorations (Cork County Council)

Silver Award: Singing for the Community by the Community (Roscommon County Council)

Best Community Health Initiative

Winner: It’s For Girls (Mayo County Council)

Silver Award: Naas Neighbourhood Greenway (Kildare County Council)

Best Community Sports Team/Club

Winner: Shankill Tennis Club – Community Tennis for All (Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council)

Silver Award: Doora Barefield Community Games (Clare County Council)

Best Connected Council

Winner: (Limerick County Council)

Silver Award: Donegal Gathering (Donegal County Council)

Best Disability Access & Inclusion Initiative

Winner: A Minute Matters Disabled Parking Awareness Campaign (Monaghan County Council)

Silver Award: Let’s Able not Label (Tipperary County Council)

Best Education/Training Initiative

Winner: I WISH (Cork City Council)

Best Educational Building

Winner: Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha (Galway County Council)

Best Energy Smart Initiative (Sponsored by Eirgrid)

Winner: Housing Fabric Upgrade Program Phase One (Cork City Council)

Best Heritage Project

Winner: Malahide Castle & Gardens (Fingal County Council)

Silver Award: The Round Tower – Brú Chrónáin (South Dublin County Council)

Best Irish Language Initiative

Winner: Pop-up Gaeltacht Comhairle na nÓg an Chabháin (Cavan County Council)

Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment

Winner: Limerick 2030 Economic & Spatial Plan (Limerick County Council)

Silver Award: Grange Castle Business Park (South Dublin County Council)

Best Public Building (Sponsored by GeoDirectory)

Winner: National Gallery of Ireland Refurbishment of Historic Wings (Dublin City Council)

Special Recognition Award

Winner: Louth County Council for Innovation in Social Housing and Community

Best Tourism Initiative (Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland)

Winner: Waterford Greenway (Waterford County Council)

Silver Award: Bray Air Display (Wicklow County Council)

Community Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Bob Gilbert (Cavan County Council)

Silver Award: Tommy Keogh (South Dublin County Council)

National Impact Award

Winner: National Gallery of Ireland Refurbishment of Historic Wings (Dublin City Council)

Council of the Year (Sponsored by IPB Insurance)

Winner: Mayo County Council

Grand Prix Award (Sponsored by IPB Insurance)

Winner: Waterford Greenway (Waterford County Council)



LAMA  is the Local Authority Members association. They work in the best interests of its members at all times and as an organisation promotes the interest of local authority members and is involved in a number of initiatives throughout the calendar year.

IPB  Insurance

As a wholly owned  and managed general insurance company, IPB Insurance is proud to be the leading insurer in protecting local communities across the length and breadth of Ireland. We serve local authorities and national government bodies as well as underwriting risk for private commercial business, expert representative bodies and associations. In so doing we pride ourselves in serving and protecting those who in turn serve and protect the Irish public.


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