MOUNTSHANNON Community Council has been nominated by Clare County Council to represent Clare in the 2013 IPB Pride of Place Competition.
The East Clare village has been selected as one of three nominees to represent the county at the annual all-island competition, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border.
The competition aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society.
Clare was represented in last year’s Pride of Place by the Clare Sports Partnership and Cuimhneamh and Chláir.
“In Clare we have a wealth of community focused groups and projects that provide services in keeping with the aims and objectives of Pride of Place. This year, we are delighted to nominate three local projects which we feel have in their own way contributed immeasurably to their respective communities,” Nicola Cullinan, Clare Pride of Place co-ordinator, said.
Mountshannon Community Council is participating in Category 1 for population centres of up to 200 people, while the other nominees are Miltown Malbay Tidy Towns, which has been entered into category 3 for population centres of between 500 and 1,000 people, and An Sean Dún Residents Association in the housing estate category.
Commenting on the nomination, John Harvey, chairman of Mountshannon Community Council said the group is delighted to have been selected to go forward in this year’s competition.
“Our group was established in 1985 and since then we have worked continually to make improvements to our village, both for the benefit of those living here and for the many visitors who come here every year. There is a strong sense of goodwill between the various community groups, businesses and individuals that make up the community of Mountshannon. We are grateful that the particular nature of this competition affords us the opportunity to present the diverse elements that make up our community and allow representatives from each sector to speak for themselves,” Mr Harvey said.
The community council expects to be busy preparing over the summer, pending their judging dates, at which time they will have two and a half hours with the judges to showcase their pride in their community.