The Carrigtwohill Pride of Place Steering Committee has put out a call to action directed at every one of the village and area’s local groups and organisations to be out in force when the competition judges visit on Tuesday, 15 August.
Carrigtwohill was selected as the Cork Winner in the population under 5,000 category of this year’s Pride of Place Awards and progressed to the All-Island Round of the competition in the hopes of winning the overall title for their category.
“We are very, very proud to have been chosen to represent the Cork area,” said Sara-Jane Cromwell of the Carrigtwohill Pride of Place Steering Committee. “Tuesday, 15 August is the big day. The judges will be here for three hours and we want to make it an action-packed three hours. We will give them a tour of the town and during it we want them to see all the community groups and activities we have here, as it is part of the judging process. ”
The Pride of Place Steering Committee has called for all of the clubs, organisations, groups and businesses of Carrigtwohill to be present when Judges from around the country visit Carrigtwohill in just under two weeks’ time.
“We would like all of the various local organisations and community groups in the area to make contact and be present on the 15 August,” said Ms Cromwell. “We have more than 70 community groups in the area. We ask anyone belonging to any group, like football or GAA teams or involved in karate or Taekwondo, to contact their club leaders to get those groups out on the day. We are hoping to have upwards of 2,000 people out across the GAA grounds, the soccer pitch, the all-weather pitch, the Family Resource Centre, the community centre and so on across the village.”
The loose plan includes a presentation will introduce the judges to Carrigtwohill, with a showcase of all clubs and organisations following that in the Community Centre, rounded off with drop-in visits from the judges to important locations around the village.
“Last weekend we also did some special recording with a drone,” said Ms Cromwell. “We flew it over the whole area, into the village and over the rock. We recorded the groups in their uniform and dress. As part of offering a big welcome to Carrigtwohill we have a poster which has the word welcome in all the various languages spoken in and around the Carrigtwohill area. It is spectacular.”
Ms Cromwell effused praise for the efforts of her fellow members of the Pride of Place Steering Committee with regards to how they organised Carrigtwohill’s campaign.
“The committee really is a great, great group of people,” said Ms Cromwell. “They are a pleasure to work with. The committee is entirely voluntary and they work extremely hard for the people of Carrigtwohill. In all my years I have never seen a group come together like this one.”
The IPB Pride of Place Awards, which began in 2003, is currently held in association with Co-operation Ireland, is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland.