FOUR deserving community projects will be flying the flag for Limerick at next weekend’s annual Pride of Place awards.
Communities on the southside of Limerick city, Bruff, Castleconnell and Kilteely will collectively have their fingers crossed that they will continue the Treaty county’s recent good record at the awards, the largest community recognition of its kind on the island.
More than 1,000 people from across the country will gather at Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis for the ceremony, which is being hosted by Clare County Council and competition organisers Co-Operation Ireland.
Limerick’s four entrants will be up against 100 other groups nominated by local authorities up and down the country.
Working with the people of the parish of Kilteely - Dromkeen and Ballyhoura Development, a group of volunteers have developed a number of projects aimed at enhancing the local community.
They are entered in category one, which is reserved for population centres of up to 300 people.
Elsewhere, Bruff-Grange-Meanus’s community council has been entered in category four for populations of over 2,000 people.
Established in 2006, the democratically elected council was instrumental in encouraging the Carebright organisation develop a facility on the site of the former Microtherm factory, which closed in 2006 with the loss of 46 jobs. Carebright is currently expanding its footprint in the village, and currently provides employment for 20 workers.
The council also played a big part in the development of the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre and the redevelopment of the former Ard Scoil Mhuire secondary school site.
In the category of housing estates, residents of Scanlon Park in Castleconnell will be hoping for recognition.
Built 30 years ago, a vibrant residents association has been in place there for the last decade, and have worked hard to develop it, particularly the landscaping.
Finally, the Tait House Community Enterprise centre, located at Collins Avenue has been nominated to take part in Pride of Place for its outreach to the elderly service which is aimed at generating inclusion and equality for older adults.
Staff at the centre have worked with the council’s Age Friendly programme to establish a centralised service hub in the building.
Local Pride of Place coordinator Brid Burke said: “This event will bring together community representatives and local authorities from throughout the island of Ireland in a celebration of community spirit.
“Limerick natives living abroad will be able to monitor the progress of their local participating community groups online as the awards ceremony will be broadcast live on www.prideofplace.ie.”
The communities will aim to emulate Limerick’s most recent successes in the competition. Castleview Estate in Newcastle West claimed the top prize in its category in 2013 and the city based Community Wellness Empowerment Leadership & Life Skills won a Special Award in 2014.