IPB Pride of Place Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny

The 15th annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland were hosted by Donegal County Council on December 2nd, 2017.

The awards are the pinnacle of the annual competition, which recognises the work community organisations do for their local society. Each year councils and local authorities from across the island of Ireland nominate groups in their area, who they believe have made an outstanding contribution to supporting and strengthening their local community.

During the ceremony 49 awards were announced in the main competition, the cities competition and special awards, ranging from groups supporting small rural communities to those involved in large inner city housing estates.

Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 15 years ago through a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by communities and groups across the island of Ireland. It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements.

Entries for 2016 will open in March

The IPB Pride of Place entry criteria aim to accommodate all local community group activities in operation, whether they are in communities in a population category, ‘single issue’ category or non-population category in either the main or the cities competition. The common thread is the impact and difference made in people’s lives within their communities.
Entry is by way of council nomination only. See list of council liaisons for your local contact (link). The process for nomination will vary from council to council. Some areas have their own ‘mini’ Pride of Place competitions, which act as preliminary heats to the all-island competition. Others will select entrants directly based on their knowledge of communities and groups with whom they are involved.
See elsewhere on this website for the category criteria

Things to Do in Ennis

Things to do in Ennis

The Irish Pride of Place Awards 2014 are accompanied by numerous events and activities to entertain all those visiting for the weekend. However, it would be a shame not to experience some of the sights and local businesses Ennis has to offer.

It was hard to narrow things down, but we have managed to round up our top five picks you must get to visit over the weekend.

1. Ballyalla Lake

This beautiful lake is located just a short drive from Ennis and is a must for experiencing the natural beauty of Clare. We highly recommend taking the trip out for a picnic or to rent a dinghy boat. Nearby are the ruins of Ballyalla Castle which is brimming with history.


2. Ennis Friary

One of Ennis’s oldest buildings, the Friary is a treat. The 13th century building is in the process of being saved, but is still open to the public for tours. There are guided tours available on request or you’re welcome to wander. This little gem takes less than an hour to see, but is well worth it!


3. The Clare Museum

Can’t get enough history? Check out the Clare Museum, which houses exhibits from prehistoric to modern day! There’ll be something for everyone, and the best part – it’s free! Leaving you plenty of change to enjoy our foodie picks for the weekend!


4. Brogan’s Bar & Restaurant

Brogan’s Bar & Restaurant is just one of Clare’s award-winning restaurants, but its family run traditional style makes it stand out from the rest. If you enjoy high quality traditional Irish music with amazing entertainment, you’ll love Brogan’s. You can also pick up a copy of the music performed every night and take the experience home with you!


5. Legend’s Restaurant

Located in the Temple Gate Hotel, Legend’s Restaurant has won the AA Rosette Award almost ten years running. And it’s not hard to see why! Boasting an informal, relaxed atmosphere with exceptionally prepared food, Legend’s is a must for Sunday dinner!




Whatever you get up to in Ennis, you’re sure to have a great time!