Winner: Moate, Co Westmeath
Moate is a town with a census population of 2,731 and a hinterland population of 10,000. The town, like many small towns, has suffered in the economic decline since 2007. It has some active Community Groups who have brought honour to the town – Moate All Whites GAA, and the Community School – All Island Choir Winners in 2015. Groups in the town have been responsible for the provision of Tuar Ard Theatre and Arts Centre, "The Bargain", a sculpture by Jackie McKenna, a Major Sports Centre, a 30 acre Amenity and Heritage Park, all-weather 5 a side pitches, tennis courts and more. Moate is an excellent town with highly motivated volunteers who have a proven track record in community achievements. The town has not been found wanting in terms of fundraising for projects.
Community Contact: Peter Dolan [email protected]
This winning entry commenced with a carnival atmosphere and was supported by a wide array of community groups, and council officials demonstrating the close working relationship with the county council and other agencies of state. The local amenities were showcased to the judges – a commodious theatre, art gallery, coffee shops, enterprise units, community sports centre, re-furbished library and Carmelite college. Care for the natural environment was equally impressive manifest in an extensive amenity park with a wild life area and Heritage Park.
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