Winner: Moneygall Development Association, Co Offaly

Summary
Moneygall Development Association Company Limited by Guarantee (MDA) is a voluntary community organisation and was established in 2011 following the visit of President Obama. The primary focus of the association is to improve community living through the enhancement of local facilities and the encouragement of community participation. MDA comprises local residents, public representative, business representatives and clergy, all of whom have an interest in developing a strong vibrant village in Moneygall which offers a pleasant and attractive place to live, work and a destination for tourists – local and overseas.

Community Contact: Dermot Egan degan@offalycoco.ie

Citation
The judges were warmly welcomed to this now major tourist attraction of both National and International significance. Since the visit of an internationally renowned figure in 2011, the Community have also recognised the importance and benefits of developing the rich heritage and genealogy of the area. This was demonstrated to the judges by two Skype calls to families in the UK and the USA who can now trace their ancestors to the area thanks to the work of the local community. The far-reaching vision is also illustrated in the development of the impressive local bio farm which has established links with Colleges and Schools across Europe and locally. This community created initiatives that will ensure a continuing flow of visitors to the area for many years to come.

Runners Up: Kells Regional Economic Enterprise, Co Kilkenny and Tulsk Action Group, Co Roscommon