Category Eleven: Islands and Coastal Communities
Winner: Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford
Kilmuckridge is a thriving coastal village in North Wexford. The extensive array of amenities in this charming village is a testament to the social and business character of the local residents. The community is extremely proud of their village status and ethos which demonstrates sustainability and local support throughout. The local landscape delivers an energetic agricultural sector which is complemented by the nationally renowned Morriscastle blue flag beach, granted for its excellent water quality, safety, well-managed environment and local services. Tourism is a key economic driver for the village, with visitors always receiving a céad mile fáilte. The expression “there’s no place like home” is certainly true for the people living here, from the long-standing families to the new arrivals who have made this coastal community their home. Community spirit and inclusion is at the heart of the many social clubs, with interests ranging from culture, heritage, arts, environment, education and sport – ensuring every generation finds a niche here.
Community Contact: Michael Sweeney, [email protected]
This entry concerns many projects successfully undertaken and delivered by a very effective community group working for the good of the local population. The judges noted that significantly the committee attributes much of the successful delivery of these projects, to the buy-in from the local community, following on from an extensive public consultation process. The community is justifiably proud of a 3km walkway to the coast – a flagship initiative.