Winner: Doonbeg, Co Clare
Doonbeg Community Development Ltd is the catalyst that co-ordinates most activities in the village from Tourism, Tidy Towns and the local CE Scheme. The aims and objectives are to carefully plan and co-ordinate the development of the areas’ natural resources. The most significant achievement to date is the initiation and promotion of the development now known as Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg, which has created significant employment. It embodies pride of place by the achievements of its GAA teams, award winning drama group, culture, music, dance and the national and international successes of people from the parish. Its efforts have helped to create employment, attract tourists and foster a sense of pride within the community.
The Category Winning entry is characterised by a very hardworking group that has commissioned a series of studies identifying the challenges to development and sustainability in particular. Significant employment has been engendered by their recent major tourist development. In the judges’ opinion the importance of this venture cannot be overstated and great pride is embodied in an award winning drama group, GAA teams, culture, music and dance.
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