Winner: Swinford, Co Mayo
Swinford is situated on a tributary of the famous River Moy. The Swinford Community is at the fore-front in Mayo of Developing a number of Community projects that are both innovative and original. This year will see the completion of a number of those projects in town that has with the assistance guidance and the support of the local authority just developed the Swinford Cultural Centre. One of the many projects ongoing by the Tidy Towns group is the restoration of Swinford Famine and Paupers Graves. The Famine and Paupers Graveyards are part of the popular annual historical walk during Siamsa Sráide, a summer street festival with open-air Ceili, Dancing, Heritage Day and International Busking Competitions.
The visit to the winning entry in this category concerned a spectacular outpouring of community pride as a community project involving a joint initiative with the council, community and a world renowned international institution. It built on a recent entry in Pride of Place 2014 as it reached out as a community to regenerate part of the town which held sad and unspoken memories of a distant past. There has been created the opportunity of a whole new future putting it on an international map with an iconic project capturing the Spirit of its Place.
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