South Dublin County Council was the proud recipient of two gongs at this year’s All Ireland Community and Council Awards.

These national awards, presented by Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) and IPB Insurance, highlight and celebrate community and councils working together, bringing national recognition to novel and progressive projects and developments that may otherwise go unacknowledged.

The ceremony took place on February 9 at Croke Park with RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey at the helm as the evening’s MC.

The council was named the Best Connected Council (Communications and Digital Marketing) for the mydoorstep.ie web portal and won the Best Community Health Initiative for the MedEx Health Programme.

MyDoorStep is a walk-in service centre at its headquarters at County Hall, Tallaght, which is replicated online at www.mydoorstep.ie.

This digital information platform provides buyers with all of the detail needed to make the most informed decision possible when purchasing a home.

MyDoorStep combines information on current and planned housing developments in any location in South Dublin County with detail on childcare, education, health, recreation, retail and sporting facilities across the county.

The MedEx Health Programme is a community based chronic illness rehabilitation programme that offers structured and supervised exercise classes to enable people with a diverse range of illnesses to exercise in a safe environment in order to maintain or gain fitness during or after treatment.

The aim of the programme is to transform the lives of people with chronic illness through physical activity based rehabilitation.

Commenting on the wins, Mayor Mark Ward, said: “I am delighted at the news that South Dublin County Council were recognised at this year’s LAMA Awards with wins in two categories.

“These awards highlight just some of the forward thinking initiatives being developed by the Council to address major issues in our society today.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved with these projects.”

Nominees for South Dublin County were:
• Best Business Working with the Community – Sherry Fitzgerald Group
• Best Community Health Initiative – MEDEX programme
• Best Community Sports Team/Club – Kick Ass Adventures
• Best Connected Council (Communication & Digital Marketing) – mydoorstep.ie