The community of Carndonagh are celebrating winning a top award in Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Awards 2020.
The Inishowen market town has scooped the title of Ireland’s ‘Most Enterprising Town’ with a population of 2,001-4,000.
Carndonagh takes away a prize of €10,000 to boost the town’s Covid-19 recovery.
The awards were announced this morning by Tommy Bowe, with Kilrush, Co. Clare coming in runner-up in the population category. Kinsale in Co. Cork took the overall prize as Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town 2020.
Carndonagh’s business community has been praised with “its excellent leadership and its collaborative approach to growing the town has second, third and fourth generations trading in it.
Judges also hailed Carndonagh’s ambition to “transform it from a town that visitors drive through to an attractive tourist destination in its own right”.
Fundraising for the critical Lifeline service also caught the judges’ attention.
“Overall the judges were convinced that this peripheral market town, steeped in history and heritage, is well on the way to achieving its’ ambition,” Bowe said.
Next up is the towns with a population of 2,001-4,000, which saw Kilrush and Carndonagh as the two finalists.
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