Communities invited to take Pride of Place on national stage

Communities invited to take Pride of Place on national stage


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare County Council is inviting local communities as well as project and housing estate committees to build on the county’s strong track record of success in the IPB Pride of Place Competition by putting their name forward to take part in 2019.

Clare has enjoyed considerable success in the all-island competition during recent years with main category wins for Shannon in 2018, Doonbeg in 2015 and Miltown Malbay in 2013.

The annual awards programme, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities North and South, aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect and inclusion for every facet of society.

Clare County Council is inviting expressions of interest from local communities, projects or housing estates who wish to seek nomination to the IPB Pride of Place 2019.  In late April, the Local Authority will nominate one group per competition category, providing the total number nominated does not exceed five. Judging for Pride of Place 2019 takes place between June and August with winners, runners up and special award recipients receiving a trophy and a small monetary prize at an awards ceremony on 30th November in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.

There are twelve categories under which communities can enter. They include four themes, namely Community Wellbeing Initiative, Creative Place Initiative, Age Friendly Initiative and Community Tourism Initiative, along with five population categories for locations with less than 300 people; 300-1000 people; 1,000-2,000 people; 2,000-5,000 people and more than 5,000 people. The remaining categories are Housing Estates, Urban Neighbourhoods, and Islands and Coastal Communities.

Groups interested in being considered for nomination are asked to submit a written expression of interest, detailing their preferred Category with a one page typed summary (no more than 150 words) setting out their proposal to: Nicola Killeen, Pride of Place Coordinator, Rural and Community Department, Rural Development Directorate, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis, Co Clare.

The Expressions of Interest will be assessed, per category, based on the Co-Operation Ireland criteria available on request from this office and at

Closing date for receipt of expression of interests is 4.00pm on Friday, 29th March, 2019.

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.