Congratulations to the  2020 Finalists 

After much deliberation by our specially selected panel of judges, we are delighted to announce the 2020 finalists for the All Ireland Community & Council Awards presented by IPB insurance and LAMA. The winners, representing their counties, will be announced by RTE’s Marty Morrissey at a gala awards ceremony at Croke Park Stadium on Saturday 15th February 2020

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Best Business Working with the Community 

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Baby Sign Classes (Kildare)

Donabate Portrane Community Centre clg (Fingal)

Fit Kicks Fitness Mohill (Leitrim)

Ray of Sunshine Morning & After School ltd (Wicklow)

The Acorn Digital Pilot Project (Meath)

The Urban Co-op & Community Hub (Limerick)

TTM Healthcare, Co Clare (Clare)

Best Community Health Initiative 

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Ceol le Chéile (Donegal)

Glen Beach Cliff Walk (Wicklow)

Kilnaleck Activity Hub (Cavan)

Louth Chalk Freeplay Programme (Louth)

Mallow Community Health Project (Cork)

Parkrun in West Dublin Area (South Dublin)

Power for Parkinson’s (Wicklow)

Siul Eile (Tipperary)

Soccer for Girls (Waterford)

Men on the Move (Waterford)

Best Social Enterprise of the Year

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Active Connections (Cork)

ReCreate Ireland (South Dublin)

Siel Bleu Ireland (Dublin City)

Spraoi agus Spórt (Donegal)

St. Gabriel’s Orthotic Services (Limerick)

The Urban Co-op (Limerick)

Best Educational Building 

Midlands Skills Centre (Offaly)

New Third Level Campus for Limerick Institute of Technology in Ennis, County Clare in collaboration with Clare County Council (Clare)

Roscommon Arts Centre (Roscommon)

Best CSR Community Programme

Applegreen Blossom fund

Friends of the Rye River (Kildare)

New Ross / South Wexford Foodclould (Wexford)

Best Heritage Project

Cavan Townhall (Cavan)

Doneraile Court (Cork)

The conservation and restoration of the Casino Building Malahide (Fingal)

Wicklow through the Ages (Wicklow)

Best Disabillity Access & Inclusion Initiative 

Boga Boga Dance Project (Clare)

Bray Sailing Club Inclusion in Sport Programme 2019 (Wicklow)

Derryham Stables – Inclusive Therapeutic Sensory Trail (Cavan)

Mayo Autism Camp (Mayo)

The Quiet Space (Fingal)

The Sports Unit & Dundalk Sports Centre, Louth County Council (Louth)

The Vision Symphony (Clare)

Watch House Cross Community Library Autism Friendly Programme (Limerick)

Working to make County Kildare Inclusive and Accessible to all (Kildare)

YOUR VOTE YOUR VOICE – an Easy to read guide to voting (Monaghan)

Best Arts/Culture (incl. festivals & events)

Crinniú @ Portumna – A celebration of people, place and heritage

Donegal Connect (Donegal)

Magnetise (Leitrim)

SeaFest 2019 (Cork City)

SHOPTALK – Celebrating Leitrim’s Historic Shopfronts and their Cultural Heritage (Leitrim)

St Patrick’s Day Tallaght Parade (South Dublin)

The Big Chiseller 2019 – Enniskerry’s Inaugural Festival of Wood Sculpture (Wicklow)

The Bingo Wings Project (Limerick)

The Vision Symphony (Clare)

Westival (Mayo)

Best Community Sports Team/Club

Donabate Portrane Community & Leisure Centre (Fingal)

St. Paul’s Boxing Club (Waterford)

The Sanctuary Runners (Cork City)

Water Safety (Clare)

Waterford Sports Partnership Club on the Move Programme (Waterford)

Waterford Sports Partnership/Waterford Gymnastics Club – Me and My Dad Do Gymnastics (Waterford)

Wicklow Warriors Inclusive Team – Wicklow Rugby Club (Wicklow)

Best Connected Council (Communication & Digital Marketing)

Community Engagement – Limerick’s Citizens Observatory (Limerick)

Donegal Connect (Donegal)

Fingal Community Facilities Network (Fingal)

Mayo County Council –, Connecting with our Communities (Mayo)

Monaghan Alerts (Monaghan)

Online Facilities Booking (Galway City)

Stories from the Waterways

Best Education/Training Initiative

Active Body Active Mind (Waterford)

Age Friendly Ireland’s Housing and Public Realm Training Module (Meath)

Building EU Opportunity for County Carlow – Post Graduate Diploma in European Studies and European Funding (Carlow)

Development of the HYDRA Command Development Suite at Clonmel Fire Station (Tipperary)

Local Authority Climate Action Training Plan (Kildare)

Longford’s Primary School Digital Project (Longford)

Skellig Centre for Research and Innovation (Kerry)

The Bays Training Centre, Moyross, Limerick (Limerick)

Wicklow County Library Community Literacy Supports (Wicklow)

Youth Sports Leader Award (Waterford)

Best Waste Management Programme

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Belturbet Zero Waste Initiative (Cavan)

Clare Green Festival and Events Initiative (Clare)

Eircodes Waste Initiative (Sligo)

Mattress and Couch Amnesty (Laois)

Best Energy Smart Initiative

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Clare Local Authority Smart Utility Vehicle (Clare)

Kilkenny County Council – Streetlight LED Retrofit Pilot Project (Kilkenny)

Solar powered cycling sensation (Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown)

Best Environmental/Ecological Project/Initiative

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Brittas Bay Biodiversity Project (Wicklow)

Climate Change – Behavioural Change Initiative (Sligo)

Collaborative Action for the Natura Network (CANN) (Monaghan)

Neighbourwood Scheme, Mallow (Cork)

People and Nature: Galway County Biodiversity Project (Galway)

Protecting the Great Yellow Bumblebee – An Awareness and Conservation Initiative (Mayo)

Royal Canal Citizen Science Project

The Friends of the Rye River (Kildare)

Tropical Butterfly House – Malahide (Fingal)

Wex Bee Aware and Community Pollinator Education (Wexford)

Best Social Housing Initiative

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“Proudstown” (Meath)

10 Units at Cnoc an Ráille, Station Road, Boyle (Roscommon)

18 Houses at Fr. Flood Avenue, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow (Carlow)

43 Social Houses provided at Plás Lorcáin : Rebuilding Ireland at Latlorcan (Monaghan)

An Cillín Housing Development, Tralee (Kerry)

An Cnoc Mór Housing Scheme – Creating a new streetscape (Mayo)

Feakle Social Housing Scheme (Clare)

Pottery Road, Dun Laoghaire (Dun Laoghaire)

RHD Housing Beech Hill (Dublin City)

St. Laurence’s Terrace, Mullingar, County Westmeath (WestMeath)

Best Tourism Initiative

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#MyMonaghan Tourism Campaign (Monaghan)

Clare Museum (Clare)

Donegal Connect (Donegal)

Ecotrail Wicklow (Wicklow)

Ironman Ireland Cork (Cork)

Kerry Camino (Kerry)

Showcasing County Clare at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Lahinch (Clare)

Sligo Food Trail (Sligo)

The Gates of Hell Virtual Reality Project, Wicklow Gaol (Wicklow)

Community Volunteer of the Year

John Feeney – Coolagown (Cork)

Kitty Burke Ardfinnan Tidy Towns (Tipperary)

Mags Keane – Clare Local Authorities Volunteer of the Year 2019 (Clare)

Pat Fahy Westport Tidy Towns (Mayo)

Sandy Smollen – Clara Community Games (Offaly)

Sister Finbar Breslin (West Meath)

Best Public Park

Active Ennis John O’Sullivan Park, Lees Road, Ennis (Clare)

Ashbourne Playground (Meath)

Lough Key Forest and Activity Park (Roscommon)

Malahide Demesne (Fingal)

Newbridge Demesne Public Park (Fingal)

Rossmore Forest Park (Monaghan)

Tyrrelstown Park, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 (Fingal)

Waterstown Park (South Dublin)

Emergency Response Person/Team of the Year

Galway-interagency water safety group (GIWSG) & Thermal Imaging Cameras for River Corrib Monitoring (Galway City County Council)

Tipperary Fire & Rescue Social Media Team Road Safety Matters -Blue Light Awareness Tipperary County Council)

Volunteers Supporting the Community (Clare County Council)

Best Community Based Initiative 

Belturbet Zero Waste Initiative (Cavan)

Childers Park & Woodlands (Kerry)

‘Community Car’ Age Friendly Sustainable Transport Service in Fingal (Fingal)

Folk Radio (Clare)

Galway County Local Area Heritage Audits and Reading your Landscape Courses (Galway)

Mayfield Men’s Shed (Cork)

Monaghan Schools of Sanctuary (Monaghan)

The Bays Training Centre, Moyross (Limerick)

The Nicholas Street Project (Limerick)

Welcome Group Kenmare (Kerry)

Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment

Cavan Digital Hub ( (Cavan)

inCarlow – Where Ambition , Innovation & Success Meet (Carlow)

J17 National Enterprise Park (Laois)

Grand Prix Award

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Winner to be announced on the night

National Impact Award

Winner to be announced on the night

Council of the Year

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Winner to be announced on the night