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Pride of Place 2019

Pride of place is an All-Ireland competition that celebrates community group contributions to local society and the creation of civic pride. It focuses on local people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area. The competition is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border.

Clare County Council invites expressions of interest from local communities, projects or housing estates who wish to seek nomination to the IPB Pride of Place 2019 in association with Co-operation Ireland.

This annual all-island competition, which is run 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.

All applicants will be informed by end of April as to whether they have been nominated to compete at all-island level.  If they have been nominated they will be visited for adjudication over 2 - 3 hours, one day, in the months June to August.

Clare County Council may nominate one group only per category and a maximum of 5 groups overall.

The following categories apply:

  • Population Category 1 up to 300 people
  • Population Category 2 between 300 to 1000 people
  • Population Category 3 between 1000 to 2000 people
  • Population Category 4 between 2,000 to 5,000 people
  • Population Category 5 over 5,000 people
  • Category 6 Theme Category “Creative Place Initiative”
  • Category 7 Theme Category “Community Wellbeing Initiative”
  • Category 8 Theme Category “Age Friendly Initiative”
  • Category 9 Theme Category “Community Tourism Initiative”
  • Category 10 Housing Estates (not population specific)
  • Category 11 Islands and Coastal Communities (not population specific)
  • Category 12 Urban Neighbourhoods (not population specific)*

*An urban neighbourhood is a defined area of a city, town or suburban place

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

Community group winners, runners up and special award recipients receive a trophy and small monetary prize at a special awards ceremony, hosted this year on 30th November in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny. 

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, 
Co. Clare. 

Closing date for receipt of expression of interests is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 29th March, 2019.

Page last reviewed: 05/03/19

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