Category Seven – Community Wellbeing
Winner: Kilmacow Community, Co Kilkenny

Summary:

The people of Kilmacow are delighted that their community has been nominated to represent Kilkenny in the Pride of Place Awards (Community Wellbeing). In recent years a working group has been formed to represent all local groups and organisations. This ensures that the presentation of Kilmacow is inclusive of the wide range of activities and reflects the contributions of many in the social, sporting, community, and cultural life of Kilmacow. The working group has chosen the motto ‘Aitheantasis Aontachas’ which encapsulates the shared sense of place and community. Kilmacow is proud of its heritage, rural aspect, village scale, and community ethos. The local dynamics of looking out for each other, civic and social engagement, working in collaboration with Kilkenny County Council and other support agencies, has enabled Kilmacow to become the amazing community it is today. These characteristics together with a can do attitude have enabled Kilmacow to provide amenities and facilities of the highest standard.

Community Contact: Ronan Ryan, ronan.ryan@kilkennycoco.ie

Citation:

Community well-being springing from a generosity of spirit and unity of purpose was much in evidence on the day of the judges’ visit. Inclusivity is the byword of a very diligent and committed working group and this was fully and faithfully demonstrated to the judges whether it was the provision of a residential and retirement village or putting people with disabilities at the heart of the community. There is a very real sense that this holistic approach is successful and will continue to prosper in what is looking like a very bright future for the village.

Runners Up: Fettercairn Community Health Project, Co Dublin, South Dublin County Council Area, and The Boherbue Footpath Initaitive, Co Cork.