Four Limerick groups nominated for this year’s Pride of Place

11-08-2022 St. Munchins Community Centre Kileely Court, Kileely, Limerick. Pride of Place Judging with Limerick City and County Council. Picture: Keith Wiseman
LIMERICK City and County Council has announced that four local projects have been entered in the 2022 Pride of Place competition.
St. Munchin’s Community Centre, West End Youth Centre, Glenroe/ Ballyorgan Community Council and Adare Women’s 2020 Club have been chosen to represent Limerick in the following categories:
·        Community Resilience: St. Munchin’s Community Centre
·        Community Youth Led Initiative: The West End Youth Centre
·        Community Population 300 – 1,000: Glenroe/ Ballyorgan Community Council CLG

·        Community Wellbeing Initiative: Adare Women’s 2020 Club

The Irish Public Bodies (IPB) Pride of Place Awards 2022 are presented in association with Co-operation Ireland.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the competition, which is all-island competition run in conjunction with local authorities North and South.
It aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect and inclusion for every facet of society.
The purpose of the competition is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland, recognising endeavours of local people to create civic pride and make their communities great places to live.
The competition focus is about people coming together to change and improve the daily lives of people in their communities.
For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, the judges were able to meet with nominated groups. Each group demonstrated the work of the group, their accomplishments and its impact on their community to the visiting judging panel last month.
Congratulating the four Limerick groups, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Francis Foley said: “Well done to the four groups involved for being nominated for the finals. Each one of them embodies the community spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude synonymous of communities across the city and county in creating civic pride and making their communities great places to live. These four Limerick projects demonstrate how people can come together to shape, change and improve the daily lives of people in their communities. They also demonstrate real partnership with the Council and show that all sections of the community can be included.”
Eileen Humphreys, Urban and Rural Community Development, Limerick City and County Council said: “Pride of Place connects the efforts and actions of communities, their representatives and the local authority to honour the
unique partnership and community spirit which is evident throughout Limerick.
“Each of the nominated projects showed tremendous community spirit, offering support to people in their communities, bringing together different sections of the community including young and older people and delivering innovative projects to respond to community needs.
“Nominated groups demonstrated the work being done every day by communities in Limerick. There is no doubt that the four groups nominated to Pride of Place this year will do  Limerick proud and I wish them the very best of luck.”
Limerick has an impressive track record in the competition with the The Children’s Grief Centre, Lough Gur Development Co-operative Society, Draw Out, Rathkeale Pre-Social Cohesion Project, Limerick Civic Trust and Kilmeedy among the groups/ projects honoured.
The 2022 winners will be announced at a ceremony in January 2023.