Donegal community projects were honoured at the all-Ireland Pride of Place community awards on Monday evening in Killarney, County Kerry.
Forbairt Dhún Lúiche took runner up spot in the Population 0-300 category, with The Exchange, Inishowen, runner up in the Community Resilience category.
Kilmacrennan Community Development CLG was to miss out after being nominated in the Population 300-1000 category.
The awards, hosted by RTE’s Marty Whelan, took place in Kerry’s INEC centre with 400 community volunteers in attendance.
Judges commented on the huge amount of work being carried out Forbairt Dhún Lúiche.
“The passion, energy, and pride in their place was palpable as they demonstrated an extraordinary range of activities that belied the population size of this community. The approach to managing the environment, Irish language and heritage impressed the judges as did the impact this tiny group of volunteers are the wider area impacting on them.
“The judges noted the excellent partnership with the council and relevant agencies.”
Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 19 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.