The hard-working team from Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter have won the Presidents Highly Commended Project award at the Irish Planning Institute’s awards night in Dublin.
The event took place in the Westin Hotel last night.
This is the first time Donegal County Council was nominated.
The Cathedral Quarter campaign aims to regenerate the historical Church Lane street and to create a real hidden treasure for tourists in the heart of Letterkenny.
The Irish planning awards highlight innovation and excellence in Irish planning.
The awards acknowledge the diverse range of plans and projects on a national and international basis taking place in complex and dynamic planning environments.
This award is the first major national award for Donegal County Council and Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter.
Donnan Harvey, from the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter group, said he is absolutely delighted and proud to have won such a prestigious award and feel that it’s a reflection on the efforts of a community lead project with the unstinting support of local Council Officials and planners.
“We feel that the winning of this prestigious award is a true reflection of our efforts over the past 6 years.
“It shows that the cooperation between community groups, stakeholders and local council planners and officials has tremendous potential and can lead to more successful outcomes.
“As a result of winning this award and the belief it brings we are confident that the ongoing planning and consultations we are presently engaging and with cooperation of all stakeholders will result in a thorough regeneration of not alone the Cathedral Quarter but the whole centre of Letterkenny and the restoration of its soul.
“We know that this award is the beginning of a movement to bring Letterkenny back its soul,” he said.