Five Local Projects in the Running for a 2012 Pride of Place Award

Friday, 24th August, 2012

Five Local Projects in the Running for a 2012 Pride of Place Award

Judging will take place next week of the five Limerick city projects from the community and voluntary sector which are in the running to win a prestigious Pride of Place Award 2012.

Limerick City Council has nominated Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, St. Mary's Park, St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Garryowen Community Committee and Doras Luimni for the Pride of Place Competition which recognises the selfless work being carried out in communities all over Ireland.  There are separate competitions for city and county based community and voluntary groups.  Entry to the competition is through nomination by the relevant local authority.

Pride of Place is an initiative of the local authority all-Ireland Steering Forum.  The forum is hosted by Co-Operation Ireland, a charity which has been involved in promoting peace-building activities North and South for the last 30 years.

Judging of Limerick City's entries to the Pride of Place competition takes place this coming week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 28th, 29th and 30th August.  Two judges nominated by Co-Operation Ireland will visit Limerick, meet with the five groups nominated by Limerick City Council and assess their work.  The groups and award categories for which they are nominated for include:
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish – Population Over 1,000
St. Mary's Park- Previous Prize Winners
St. Munchin's Family Resource Centre – Active Elderly in the Community
Garryowen Community Committee- Housing Estates
Doras Luimni – Cultural Tourism

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin, has wished the five entrants the best of luck in the competition.
“These are five unique and very worthwhile projects which are a credit to their communities and the City”, Mayor McLoughlin said.  “Limerick City has a great record in the Pride of Place Awards.  Last year, Southill Family Resource Centre won first prize in its category.  I am confident that the city's entries will also do very well this year.”

The winners will be announced at the Pride of Place Gala Awards Night in Thomond Park Stadium, on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012.  The contributions of the groups to local society and to the creation of civic pride will be celebrated in an ‘Oscars style’ ceremony.
Profiles of the five Limerick entrants are attached.

For further media information, please contact Laura Ryan, Limerick Communications Office, 88 O’Connell Street, Limerick. 061-400010/086-6042544

Notes to Editor:

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Our Lady of Lourdes parish incorporates Ballinacurra Weston, Prospect, Raheen Gardens, Greenfields, Ballinacurra Gardens, Roundwood Estate, Oakview Drive, Edward Street and Sarsfield Park. The initial results of the 2011 census shows that there are 4675 people living within the parish. There are a variety of services based in the community and local people actively participate and volunteer helping to provide a range of services for all from the cradle to the grave. There is a primary school, the mid-west school for the hearing impaired, a community centre, a crèche, the West End Youth Centre, Rosbrien AnSeo School Completion Programme, Limerick City CDP Office, the Garden of Hope, Hyde Rangers Football Club, Prospect Priory FC, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church, Seniors Garden and All Weather Pitch.

St. Mary's A.I.D.
The parish of St. Mary’s is located on “King’s Island” a section of land, which is surrounded by the river Shannon and has a total population of2702.  St Mary’s has a vibrant community and voluntary sector with over 100 groups operating in the area supporting social, recreational, educational, youth, enterprise and environmental development. One of these organisations is St Mary’s Area Integrated Development Limited (SMAID).  The main aim of the organisation was to integrate the work of existing community organizations and to enhance the abilities and aspirations of St. Mary's to develop and sustain a vibrant Community into the future. The work carried out by the organisation includes Tourism Programmes, Community and Business Information services, Local Employment services, Estate Management, Care and Repair, Meals on Wheels, School Lunches,    Environmental Care, support services to local residents groups, and an elderly outreach service.

St. Munchin's Family Resource Centre
St. Munchin’s Family Resource Centre sits on the border of Moyross and Ballynanty in the Northside RAPID area of Limerick City.  It has a long history of providing services to  older people and in the past 10 years has built up a well-resourced Older People's Department. The Centre now provides a wide range of high-quality services and supports through a dedicated team of local workers and volunteers. Services focus upon the well-being of Older People and include: meals-on-wheels; friendly-call service; home maintenance and ‘Care and Repair’;transport to appointments, shopping etc; housekeeping; security aids and equipment; groups and clubs, eg: “Men’s Shed” . St. Munchins Family Resource Centre also focuses on wider societal issues and looks upon Older Person’s Services in a strategic and co-ordinated way. For example, it is developing an Older Person’s Protection Policy and also participates in various inter-agency initiatives which strengthen the voice of and improve services to Older People.  

The Garryowen Community Committee Limited was set up in 2008. The group is an umbrella group with representation of residents and voluntary groups in the community. The Garryowen Community Committee was set up to develop services and facilities for the Garryowen area.  It believes that in order to have sustainable services within the community there needs to be a very strong volunteer base within the area.  Volunteers are continuously participating in training and education programmes to further their skills which can be then used in the community. Over the past four years the group has gone from strength to strength.The group employs a part time Community Development Worker and also a Youth Worker. The role of the Organisation is to give the Community a voice and opportunity to participate in decision making in their community, and to work together to deliver the actions set out in the group’s workplan.

Doras Luimni
Established in 2000, Doras Luimní is committed to creating a vibrant, diverse cultural environment in Limerick, in which all members of the community can participate as equals and make Limerick a better place to live. DORAS aims to enhance intercultural and integration opportunities and it collaborates with the business community, the local authorities, arts groups, migrant and the general local community. DORAS promotes mutual cooperation and social cohesion by building positive relationships at the community level. Through a range of arts, sports, education, faith and cultural initiatives, Doras has contributed to building the capacity of migrant groups and enhancing the wellbeing of the whole community in culturally appropriate ways while developing Limerick as a cultural tourism hub.

Last update:27/08/2012