Winner: Muintir Chrónáin – Áras Chrónáin, Clondalkin, South Dublin Council Area
Muintir Chrónain is a community based voluntary organisation with the aim of promoting the Irish Language and all aspects of Irish Culture, Education, Music and Dance in the wider Clondalkin and South Dublin County Area. Áras Chrónáin has promoted and provided classes in traditional music and the Irish Language. The group has played a central role in nominating Clondalkin Village as an ‘ Irish Language Network ‘ for the first time in the history of the State. Áras Chrónáin is a fantastic self-sustaining initiative and is the very essence of what a creative place is in this part of Ireland. It has been championed by excellent leadership and the wonderful natural talent of its community. This creative oasis of Irish Culture is a widely renowned location for traditional music, singing, spoken word, drama and community in South Dublin County.
Community Contact: Paul McAlerney pmcalerney@SDUBLINCOCO.ie
It became almost immediately clear to the judges that this group engages with and enjoys the wide support of the local people. This is crucial to their success and apart from pursuing a cultural mission statement the group is actively involved in many local activities. This is achieved through the hard work and dedication of a large number of local volunteers. For their unstinting work in promoting the Irish language and culture and being such a vibrant, active part of daily living in the community
Runners Up: K-Fest, Co Kerry and The Fitzone Foundation, Co Armagh