Winner: Attymass, Co. Mayo

Summary

Attymass is a very scenic community in north Mayo which has approximately 150 families. It is the home of the Fr. Peyton Centre. The Centre commemorates the life and apostolic work of Fr. Peyton CSC; the Rosary Priest. It has a local community centre, which is used on a regular basis. The world famous river Moy flows through the parish of Attymass and may be accessed from several different locations. A pre-famine cottage from Caradoogan in the parish of Attymass was carefully dismantled in 2002 and rebuilt stone by stone in New York where it supplies the centrepiece of the famine memorial. The memorial was formally opened in New York’s Battery Park, with President Mary McAleese as guest of honour. With top-class schools and sports facilities the parish serves as an excellent example of making local democracy work to enhance local community development.

Community Contact: Padraic Walsh managerfrpeytoncentre@gmail.com

Citation

This amazing small rural community immediately impressed the judges with a fantastic welcome in a wonderful centre that is essential to the life of the community. The judges regarded the presentation on the day as one of the best they had ever witnessed. The sense of pride demonstrated in every aspect of community life – history, heritage, culture, international connections, excellent high quality amenities emanating from the extraordinary efforts of the community left the judges very clear that this community had indeed Pride in their Place.

Runners Up: Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim and Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry