Winner: Kiln Lane, Mountrath, Co. Laois

Summary

Kiln Lane is a community of mixed housing in Mountrath, comprising residents from Kiln Lane, Clonbarrow and An Garáin estates, whose cooperation as a group dates back to the mid 1980s. Their great efforts to bring together this small community can be seen in the hard work of local volunteers grasscutting and planting and the organisation of very successful estate events, including a 1916 commemorative event and family fun days, all extremely well supported locally. Educational efforts for young and old can be seen in the horticultural projects, poly tunnel and other programmes. Their community building houses a mother and toddler group and provides a space for activities including arts and crafts and Glee club. They opened their playground and games area in 2009. Housing up to three generations in some cases, this estate displays great respect for family legacy and commitment to ensuring the estate’s pride, illustrated by a number of local awards.

Community Contact: Margaret Moore margaretmoore316@gmail.com

Citation

On entering this winning complex, the judges were immensely impressed with the wonderful colour in the floral displays and flowerbeds, the neat and tidy grassed areas, open spaces and the absence of litter. The residents group caters for the needs of all age groups from toddlers to the elderly. It is gratifying to notice that the elderly are actively involved in all activities. The community building in the complex hosts a wide range of activities for children and young people and generally acts as a hub for all the activities in the estates. The residents association works closely with the Council and the estate is a great credit to the residents. Without doubt this winning entry is a very attractive and rewarding place to live.

Runners Up: Brawny Housing Estate, Athlone, Co. Westmeath and St. Patrick’s Villas, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick