Some of Donegal’s unsung heroes are getting due recognition this weekend as finalists in the 2020 IPB Insurance Pride of Place awards.
Ireland’s largest community awards are to go ahead this year online, honouring communities across the island for their work during the Covid-19 crisis.
The three Donegal nominated groups, Rathmullan The Way Forward, Donegal Youth Council and Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh have been wished well by Donegal County Council Chief Executive John G. McLaughlin who noted that all three groups have made a significant impact on the community of Donegal and these groups highlight the depth and impact that community and voluntary effort continues to have in our county.
The 18th annual Pride of Place awards will take place online on Saturday, November 21. RTE’s Marty Morrissey will host the event and the awards will be streamed at www.prideofplace.ie
Pride of Place Chairperson Tom Dowling said: “The purpose of these awards has never changed. They are about recognising and celebrating the extraordinary, inspirational and tireless work being done by communities all over the Island of Ireland as they strive to make their place a better place in which to live.
“This year more than ever, the work of our communities was even more important as they managed the challenge of Covid-19 and ensured our vulnerable people were looked after. We are proud to have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all the wonderful communities who participated in this year’s awards.”
Dr Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland added: “Co-operation Ireland has no other programme that embodies the charity’s ethos better than Pride of Place and in 2020 it’s even more important it takes place to recognise the huge efforts of ordinary people during the pandemic.
“The impact Pride of Place has had in towns and villages across the island since it started in 2003 cannot be underestimated, and its continuing success is down to the dedicated volunteers and their love of where they live.”
George Jones Chairman, IPB Insurance said: “IPB Insurance is proud to be associated as title sponsors of the IPB Pride of Place Awards and more importantly what they represent. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant communities. As a mutual insurer that insures local authorities and their communities across Ireland, these awards are excellent partnership.”
For more information on the 2020 IPB Pride of Place Awards, go to www.prideofplace.ie/