Limerick City and County Council scooped the Council of the Year award | PICTURE: Paul Sherwood
Limerick City and County Council scooped the top prize after being named Council of the Year at the annual All-Ireland Community and Council Awards.
The awards highlight the best of work that is being carried out by a local authority in conjunction with groups and organisations as well as volunteers in our communities and recognise the important contribution they make to our lives.
The work being carried out as part of the projects is very important and have a significant impact in their respective local communities.
In 2019, more than 180 entries were received across 20 categories. Following a rigorous judging process over 100 projects nationwide from 23 counties were shortlisted for the gala awards ceremony, which took place at Croke Park Stadium.
Limerick City and County Council was crowned Council of the Year in recognition of the range and depth of projects which the council is involved in with communities across Limerick city and county.
Other Limerick winners on the night were the Urban Co-op, which was the winner of the Best Business Working with the Community category while We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Limerick got a silver award in the Best Community Health Initiative category.
We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Limerick has created such a buzz that plans are due to be unveiled shortly about the initiative going nationwide.
“A massive well done to all those involved in the projects. Being chosen as Council of the Year shows the important work that is carried out in groups right across communities in the city and county. It is important that the council listens to communities and build up trust so that areas can be developed together. The Trojan work being carried out by all has been recognised on a national basis,” said Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins.
Conn Murray, chief executive of Limerick City and County Council said: “A huge congratulations to all those involved. It was fantastic for Limerick to be shortlisted for nine awards. Of course, it is truly wonderful to have been named Council of the Year. The win highlights and validates the hard work and dedication of staff that the council is doing in conjunction with communities across the city and county all for the betterment of all.
Six other Limerick projects that were shortlisted include: European Outdoor Arts Academy: School of Spectacle; Healthy Abbeyfeale; Limerick City and County Council’s Safety Statement and Safety Management System; ENGINE; Lord Edward Street Social Housing and Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival.
The 2019 edition was the 13th running of the Awards and were presented by IPB Insurance and Local Authority Members’ Association (LAMA).