Overview of the 2023 Competition:

The IPB Pride of Place Competition is open to all local community groups, but entries are by way of local authority only. Community groups interested in entering should contact their local council. Entries can be made in general population categories or in the ‘single issue’ categories. Single issue categories will be judged on the specifics of that specialist category. Population categories will be judged on all aspects of community living.

Each local authority may nominate groups in up to a maximum of five categories and one entry only in any individual category.
Please note that unlike last year, the Climate Action & Biodiversity award is now a category in its own right.


The categories open for the 2023 competition include population categories, single issue theme categories as well as other non-population categories.

  1. Population 0-500
  2. Population 500-1500
  3. Population 1500-4000
  4. Population over 4000
  5. Communities Welcoming New Communities
  6. Creative Place Initiative
  7. Community Wellbeing Initiative
  8. Community Tourism Initiative
  9. Climate Action and Biodiversity
  10. Community Age Friendly Initiative
  11. Housing Estates/ Residents Associations
  12. Islands and Coastal Communities
  13. Urban Neighbourhoods/ Villages*

*An Urban Neighbourhood is a defined are of a city, town or suburban place.

Cities Competition

  1. Urban Neighbourhood/ Village under 3000
  2. Urban Neighbourhood/ Village over 3000
  3. Creative Place Initiative
  4. Climate Action and Biodiversity
  5. Community Youth Led Initiative
  6. Communities Welcoming New Communities

Entry to Competition 2021:

Kindly note that there are 2 steps to complete in this year’s competition:
(1) Entry Form (Deadline: 12th May 2023)
(2) Summary Form (Deadline: 9th June 2023)

These online entry forms are located on the liaison officer page.

(1) Entry Form:

    • Entries can be made online, to be received by 12th May 2023.
    • Please remember to submit the correct type of form (either Cities, or All Other Entries).
    • Please carefully check the name of the group and the category. We will use your wording/spelling for all our publications and for trophy engraving, so do let us know if there are any errors in your submission.
    • After submitting an entry, you will receive an acknowledgement email.

(2) Summary Form:

    • The summary form is located here and must be completed and returned by 9th June 2023.
    • The entry summary must be no longer than 160 words and detail the activities of the community or group. It should be written in the third person and avoid the use of lists or the naming of personalities.
    • The photograph should be 1MB in file size and supplied at a minimum of 1478px X 1240px in landscape orientation. We strongly recommend against supplying photographs taken with a camera phones as the file size and quality often tend to be insufficient for reproduction in the Souvenir Brochure. Please see the Summary Form page for further guidance around photos.

Please check the Frequently Asked Questions on this page for more information about entering the competition.

If you require further support or clarification with your submissions, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Cooperation Ireland:

Hazel Scott [email protected]

Maurice Inglis [email protected]