Pride of Place Award for CLG Cuar an Chláir

Pride of Place Award for CLG Cuar an Chláir


The Mayor of Clare Tom McNamara has congratulated the villages of Cooraclare and Cree on winning a ‘Special Award’ at the annual IPB Pride of Place Award Ceremony held in Letterkenny, County Donegal, at the weekend.

Cooraclare and Cree were nominated in Category 8 (Communities Reaching Out Initiative) of this year’s competition by Malin Kelly, Coordinator, Health & Wellbeing Officer for CLG Cuar an Chláir.

Having being selected by Clare County Council’s Rural Development Directorate to represent Clare alongside An Garda Síochána’s “Clare Teenage Disco” initiative, CLG Cuar an Chláir’s Health & Wellbeing Team hosted Pride of Place judges during July.

Mayor McNamara said, “This award success is thoroughly deserved as the willing volunteers from CLG Cuar an Chláir’s Health & Wellbeing Team have given freely of their time and energy to reach out to engage with locals to ensure inclusion. The award alsoupholds Clare’s longstanding record of success in the competition.”

Leonard Cleary, Acting Director of Rural Development, commented, “In an era of increasing rural isolation, communities such as Cooraclare and Cree benefit greatly from the work of local voluntary groups such as CLG Cuar an Chláir’s Health & Wellbeing Team. This award should be seen as a vote of confidence in the group’s work and I would hope that it will inspire them to achieve even greater things in the future.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.