Cities Section: Category Six – Communities Reaching Out Initiative
Winner: The Liberties Cultural Association, Dublin City

Joint Summary:

The Liberties Cultural Association (LCA) is a collective of historians, tour guides, researchers and residents with one thing in common, a deep love of The Liberties. This is celebrated through unique and bespoke free guided walks with local themes to much acclaim. All donations received given to charity. In response to recent new student accommodation developments, the LCA arranges a ‘Meet the Shopkeepers’ tour of Meath St each semester for new students. The aim is to encourage them to become part of this unique, caring community and has resulted in increased customers for the shopkeepers, whilst helping students – many away from home for the first time – overcome homesickness and loneliness. Long lasting friendships have been forged in the process. At semester end, a special dinner is arranged for students, shopkeepers and locals. Last year it was themed Thanksgiving, this year Rebellion and songs of Revolution. Follow LCA on Twitter and Facebook.

Group Contact: Bernie Lillis, bernie.lillis@dublincity.ie

Citation:

Sometimes the judges see presentations that are delivered with raw passion, wit, energy and an unshakeable pride and sense of belonging to a very appreciative and engaged audience and they are deeply moved. The story of this historic area which still retains its true identity and character despite the impact of huge inner city growth must continue to be told. A subsequent neighbourhood visit witnessing an incredible charity those in need, reinforced this impact on the judges. The extraordinary approach in keeping culture and history alive through highly qualified local people who are truly connected to the area, left two new honorary liberties libertarians feeling very proud indeed.

Joint Winner: City Connections, Belfast

Runner Up: Cork Sanctuary Runners, Cork City