Pride of Place: Judges ‘profoundly moved’ by work of Limerick’s Children’s Grief Centre

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Representatives from Children's Grief Centre, Limerick, receiving their award for the Communities Reaching Out Initiative category, at the IPB 'Pride of Place' awards

Representatives from Children's Grief Centre, Limerick, receiving their award for the Communities Reaching Out Initiative category, at the IPB 'Pride of Place' awards

A CENTRE in Limerick offering support to children hit by loss through bereavement, separation or divorce, has taken one of this year’s Pride of Place awards.

The Children's Grief Centre based at Westbourne Avenue in the city, won its category in this year’s IPB Pride of Place awards at a ceremony in Cork.

Limerick’s two other nominees, the Limerick Civic Trust and Kilmeedy community development group both finished in runners-up spot in their respective categories - Creative Place Initiative for Limerick Civic Trust, while Kilmeedy Community Development Group were in the 0-300 population category.

Described as the ‘Oscars of the community sector’, Pride of Place celebrates the often unsung work of community groups that work to make local neighbourhoods a better place to live in, work in or visit.

Organised by Co-Operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance, they see the country’s local authorities nominate outstanding projects that contribute to civic pride.

In choosing the Children’s Grief Centre as the winner in the ‘communities reaching out’ category, judges said the centre left them “profoundly moved” by the “wonderful and inspiring” work carried out.

Founded in 2009, the Centre is committed to enhancing the overall well-being of grieving children in Limerick and to this effect provides one to one support sessions to children and young people between the ages of four and 18 who are affected by loss.

Limerick council’s social development director Gordon Daly said: “Our three nominees demonstrated the quality and diversity of community spirit and endeavour in Limerick and have done the city and county proud with their achievements.”

Tom Dowling, chairperson of Pride of Place, expressed his delight “that after 16 years the competition continues to embed itself in the very heart of the Island of Ireland's communities and gives them the opportunity to highlight the proud and amazing achievements of their place directly to the judges. I wish them continued success.”

Peter Sheridan Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said: “Pride of Place deserves its position as one of the most prestigious community awards on the island of Ireland and Co-operation Ireland is delighted that it continues to go from strength to strength.”

“Communities across the country have been reaping the rewards of the hard work carried out by the community groups who make Pride of Place what it is.” IPB Insurance chair George Jones said: “Pride of Place is an important platform as it recognises those who give freely of their time to make where they come from a better place to live and work.”