Co-operation Ireland/Irish Public Bodies Pride of Place Awards Ceremony 2017 Representatives from Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, receive their award. Included are Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland; Tom Dowling, Chairperson, Pride of Place, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and ; Michael Garvey, CEO IPB Insurance. Photo Lorcan Doherty

Carrigtwohill has won a significant award for creating a village with a strong sense of community.
The East Cork village picked up the accolade in the 2,000 – 5,000 population centre category of the Pride of Place Awards last Saturday 02 December.
Ladysbridge/Ballymacoda were also recognised for their all-inclusive community spirit, receiving a joint runner up prize with Victoria Bridge village, Co. Tyrone in the 300 – 1000 population centre grouping.
Community representatives from Carrigtwohill Community Council and Ladysbridge/ Ballymacoda Community Council accepted their award at a gala ceremony attended by over 800 people in Letterkenny Co Donegal.
Pride of place is an All-Ireland award that focuses on the work carried out by communities in the 32 counties
The East Cork villages were among four picked by Cork County Council to represent the County in this year’s award process.
Last August the communities of Carrigtwohill and Ballymacoda, Ladysbridge and the surrounding area came together to showcase how they work to shape, change and improve the lives of their community on a daily basis.
Judges John Briggs CEO of Armagh City Council and Eddie Sheehy a former County Manager of Wicklow and Roscommon County Council’s said of Carrigtwohill “one could feel pride of place in the air. This is a community that so easily could have become a commuter town with no heart or soul. The fact that it is not, but instead is a wonderful, vibrant, proud place is due to the commitment of the whole community to make a difference. Nothing sits apart in this community, nothing is out on a limb, no person is forgotten, no group is isolated. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to play their part in making this place, a great place. Everything works for the good of the community, an achievement which greatly impressed the judges.”
Sarah Jane Cromwell of the Carrigtwohill Community council said “Carrigtwohill really is a place that takes pride of place and confidence in itself, and our confidence is only going to grow with winning this award.”
She said a number of the multi nationals located in the area are using the village’s success in Pride of Place as a spring board to attract further investment.
Christine Conway from the Ballymacoda Ladysbridge Community Council said they were “thrilled” with the award.
MS Conway said the honour has given a boost to the community to further enhance their surroundings.
“There has always been unity in our community. Great credit must be given to everyone who participated on judging day. Cork County Council have a policy of helping communities who help themselves and we have a good working relationship with them through Joe McCarthy and his team.”
Both Ballymacoda Ladysbridge and Carrigtwohill have been promoting organisations in the surrounding area through tidy towns, heritage projects, youth centres and rural development to enhance the area socially, economically and culturally.
Ladysbridge Cottage Market and Carrigtwohill Vintage Club were among some of the projects the judges accessed.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley congratulated all involved for their achievements, both on the ground and in making it to the finals, “I travelled with the Pride of Place judges during the summer and was incredibly proud of the level of accomplishment across Cork communities. Cork County Council is immensely proud to work with and support such inspirational groups.”

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