2018 Awards Ceremony Press Release

800 community heroes from across the country are to attend this Saturday’s IPB Pride of Place Awards at Cork City Hall.

The annual competition, described as the ‘Oscars of the Community Sector’, celebrates the often unsung work of community groups that selflessly work to make local neighbourhoods a better place to live in, work in or visit. Organised by Co-Operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place awards sees the country’s local authorities, on both sides of the border, nominate outstanding projects that contribute to civic pride.

Cork City Council is honoured to host this year’s gala awards evening this Saturday, November 17.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said:Cork has a strong tradition of volunteerism and community action and we are delighted to be partners in the Pride of Place competition.   The Gala Awards evening is a unique opportunity to celebrate the best in community development and recognises the invaluable efforts of those who glue our communities together”.

Tom Dowling, Chairperson of Pride of Place, expressed his delight “that after 16 years the competition continues to embed itself in the very heart of the Island of Ireland’s communities and gives them the opportunity to highlight the proud and amazing achievements of their place directly to the judges. I wish them continued success and we are all looking forward to meeting all the nominated groups for a great night in the wonderful exciting city of Cork”.

Peter Sheridan Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said: “Pride of Place deserves its position as one of the most prestigious community awards on the island of Ireland and Co-operation Ireland is delighted that it continues to go from strength to strength.

“From Donegal through Northern Ireland and in counties all the way to Cork, communities have been reaping the rewards of the hard work carried out by the community groups who make Pride of Place what it is.”

Chairman of IPB Insurance George Jones said: “Pride of Place is an important platform as it recognises those who give freely of their time to make where they come from a better place to live and work. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant sustainable communities.”

Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald officially launches the IPB Pride of Place Awards 2018

IPB Pride of Place is an annual competition organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance. It promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.

It is an All-Island competition whereby local authorities from across the island of Ireland nominate groups in their communities who they feel have made a significant contribution to improving their neighbourhood, working collectively. The competition culminates with a Gala Awards Ceremony.

Cork City Council is honoured to have been selected to host the 16th Annual All-Ireland Pride of Place Gala Awards Ceremony which will take place in our own Cork City Hall on Saturday 17th November 2018.  It is a tremendous honour for the City to be asked to host this event and a great opportunity to showcase Cork from a community, cultural and tourism perspective.

Cork has strong tradition of community development of volunteerism and community action, so no better place to hold the awards ceremony.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald officially launched the Pride of Place Awards 2018 on Friday April 20th at  City Hall.

Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Tom Dowling, Pride of Place, Paul Moynihan (Cork City Council), Ann Doherty (Cork City Council), Maurice Inglis, Co-operation Ireland, George Jones, chairman of IPB and Paula Madigan, Co-operation Ireland

Speaking at the launch, the Lord Mayor said “this city has a history of collaboration, community development and volunteerism, and hosting the Pride of Place Gala Awards gives us an opportunity to showcase that community spirit.  Pride of Place has become one of the most prestigious awards on the island of Ireland, recognising community endeavour most of which is done in a voluntary capacity with no expectation of reward.  The Gala Awards which will be held on Saturday 17th November will be a very special evening when people come to Cork to celebrate and acknowledge those efforts.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people from towns, cities and villages in every county across Ireland who have been nominated by their local councils – and hope that they’ll enjoy a great stay in the rebel City.  Voted one of the top ten cities in the world to visit by the Lonely Planet Guide our historic, creative, exciting and ever-changing city has lots for people to explore; take a stroll round the English market, visit the Cork Public Museum, the Crawford Gallery or Cork City Gaol and take a walking tour on a journey through the city’s most important streets and buildings like Shandon Steeple”

Peter Sheridan Chief Executive Officer, Co-operation Ireland added: “For Co-operation Ireland, the Pride of Place competition embodies the ethos of the organisation and it shows how working together ordinary people can make a real positive change to society. I congratulate everyone who participated in this year’s competition, but especially the winners and I look forward to seeing them at this year’s award ceremony.”

Chairman of IPB Insurance George Jones said: “IPB Insurance is proud to be associated as title sponsors of the IPB Pride of Place Awards and more importantly what they represent. I firmly believe that it is essential that we recognise communities and the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland that give of themselves selflessly every day. As a mutual insurer that insures local authorities and their communities across the island of Ireland, these awards are an excellent fit. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant communities. All those nominated epitomise the sense of community spirit that can be seen all across Ireland, with people committed to creating positive civic change in their respective communities.”

For more information on the 2018 IPB Pride of Place Awards, go to www.prideofplace.ie and for details about the Gala Awards event visit www.corkcity.ie/prideofplace.

IPB Pride of Place Competition 2018

We are delighted to announce that the 16th annual IPB Pride of Place Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Cork City Council on November 17th 2018 with the venue being, their very own, Cork City Hall.

The categories for this year’s competition have been selected and are as follows:

Main Competition Categories City Competition Categories
Population – 0 – 300 Urban Neighbourhood/ Village under 1000
Population – 300 – 1000 Urban Neighbourhood/ Village 1000 – 2000
Population – 1000 – 2000 Urban Neighbourhood/ Village over 2000
Population – 2000 – 5000 Creative Place Initiative
Population over 5000 Community Wellbeing Initiative
Creative Place Initiative Communities Reaching Out Initiative
Community Wellbeing Initiative
Community Tourism Initiative
Housing Estates
Islands and Coastal Communities
Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages

Applications will open in mid-March 2018 and close on May 4th 2018. Entry is by way of county, city, borough or district council nomination only. The process for nomination may vary from council to council. If you wish to enter the 2018 IPB Pride of Place Awards, please contact your Local Authority Pride of Place Liaison Officer or contact Co-operation Ireland on +353 1 819792 for more information.