There was strong Waterford representation at Pride of Place Awards with Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association taking top honours.
Waterford was well represented at the All-Island IPB Pride of Place Awards which took place last weekend.
Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association took top honours in the Urban Neighbourhood (Village under 3,000) category, while CAPE-ability Club was represented in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.
The awards, hosted by Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council tool place in the Armagh City Hotel with almost 100 community initiatives throughout the island of Ireland represented.
Now in its 20th year, the awards celebrate the best in community development, and recognise the efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.
Waterford City and County Council nominated Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association, in the Urban Neighbourhood (Under 3,000) category.
Speaking following the awards ceremony Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association Chair, John Burns was delighted with the award saying:
“It’s a great honour to be recognised and rewarded on a national platform. The work of the association is done in tandem with all the residents. There’s a fantastic community spirit and we love working towards the same goal of making Larchville and Lisduggan the safest, most welcoming and inclusive estates in the heart of Waterford.
“This award is testament to the hard work of every member of our community in making Larchville Lisduggan the best neighbourhood in Ireland.”
The judges’ comments outlined the positive contribution the residents association has made towards enhancing all elements of the wider Larchville Lisduggan community and acknowledged the hard work of an incredibly motivated group.
Michael Murphy of Waterford City and County Council’s Estate Management Team was delighted with the residents association’s phenomenal success, saying:
“Everything this residents association does is about strengthening community ties. I look forward to continuing to work with them as they solidify and develop the locality.”
Also nominated by Waterford City and County Council in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category was CAPE-ability. CAPE-ability is a social and friendship group for young adults with diverse needs and abilities. The parent-led club meets weekly and empowers and supports members to flourish through activities such as boxercise, cookery, circuit-training and much more.
Kevin Moynihan, Community Officer with Waterford City and County Council added,
“We are so lucky in Waterford to have a wonderful network of community groups that passionately and ardently work towards better communities.
“Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association and CAPE-ability
Club are just two examples of the big changes that can be made when we work together towards a common goal. They are outstanding exemplars of People Power!”
Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 20 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.