Ballyvaughan has been shortlisted in the 2022 .IE Digital Town Awards.
After a competitive selection process by an independent judging panel, Ballyvaughan was shortlisted for a national award in the Digital Tourism category.
The Ballyvaughan entry, “Linking the physical and digital worlds via interactive signage”, shows how the village has pioneered the development of interactive outdoor recreation tourism infrastructure, linking physical walking and cycling trails to the digital world.
Now in its second year, the .IE Digital Town Awards honour local town projects and people that are using digital innovation, technologies, and digital-first thinking for the betterment
of towns, citizens, and services in the community.
During the shortlisting process, the judging panel looked for digitally motivated community leaders who demonstrated digital thinking to creatively problem-solve and develop innovative
ideas that ‘disrupt’ and enhance towns and communities.
The overall winners will be announced at the gala awards ceremony which will take place on
Commenting on the announcement, Oonagh McCutcheon, National Director of the .IE Digital Town Programme, said, “We are proud to announce our shortlist of projects for this year’s .IE Digital Town Awards.
“Last year’s winners set the bar exceptionally high, and this year we are again seeing great examples of how towns and community leaders are stepping up and adopting new ways of thinking and doing, with digital tools and innovation helping them to not only survive but thrive.”
Ms McCuthceon added, “Those shortlisted in today’s announcement have demonstrated impressive digital improvements and enhancements in their local town, and we are delighted to be able to honour and recognise their efforts.
“We look forward to celebrating these achievements with all our finalists at the gala awards event next month.”
Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.