Fingal in Pride of Place

by Rose Barrett
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Judging in the 2022 IPB Pride of Place Competition in Fingal takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 13 and 14, with three groups ready to represent the county in the annual north-south competition. These groups showcases the best examples of community development in Ireland. 

Balbriggan Men’s Shed, Oldtown Community Council and the Mountview Community and Youth Centre in Dublin 15 will represent the council in three different categories when the judging team arrives in Fingal next week. 

Now in its 20th year, the competition, organised by Co-operation Ireland, is part of a drive to foster better community relations on the island of Ireland. Fingal County Council has an excellent record in this competition, having picked up the Local Authority of the Year Award in 2017 and having had over 20 winning community groups over the last two decades. 

Earlier this year, Bayside Community Association won the outright award for Best Urban Neighbourhood in the 2021 competition and Rush tidy towns picked up best runner up in the populations over 5000 categories. 

Balbriggan Men’s Shed will compete in a new category which highlights the best in Community Wellbeing, while Mountview Community & Youth Centre will fly the flag for the D15 community of Mountview in the Urban Neighbourhoods category. Oldtown Community Council will represent this North County Fingal village in the category for populations between 300 and 1,000 persons. The finals will be held in early 2023 at a location to be confirmed in Dublin City.

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