Donaghmoyne, MonaghanThis dispersed rural community is located in the hinterland of Carrickmacross. Lacking a true village centre, the community has worked to make a crossroads into a focal point. Twenty volunteers turned out one rainy Saturday to lay kerbing provided by Monaghan County Council to upgrade the appearance of the roads. Research into the vernacular gate entrance styles resulted in the restoration of the original gates and piers, adding a sense of unity to the area. The disused parish church has been restored as a community centre and plays an important role in community life.

The latest project was to purchase land adjacent to the church for a children’s playground, which now caters for children of all ages and abilities, and also provides outdoor gym equipment for adults. A strong sense of community is fostered through social events such as dancing at the crossroads and variety concerts.

Responding to local needs is the hallmark of the group that underpins this small community. Needs are identified, significant funds are raised and projects are successfully completed. It sounds simple, but the judges were struck by an impressive track record for projects as diverse as organising archaeological digs to creating a bio-diversity garden. 

The pride in this community is palpable.

Runners up:
Kilcummin, Co Kerry
St Mark’s, South Dublin County