Kilkenny to showcase medieval marvels as city hosts All-Ireland ‘Pride of Place’ gala awards bash
KILKENNY has been chosen to host the 2019 All-Ireland Price of Place Gala Awards Ceremony.
Pride of Place is an annual competition organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance. It promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.
It is an All-Island competition in which local authorities from across the island of Ireland nominate groups in their communities who they feel have made a significant contribution to improve their neighbourhood.
Kilkenny County Council said it is “honoured” to have been selected to host the 17th Annual All-Ireland Pride of Place Gala Awards Ceremony, which will take place in the city on November 30 next.
The council said in a statement: “It is a tremendous honour for Kilkenny to be asked to host this event and a great opportunity to showcase Kilkenny from a community, cultural and tourism perspective.
“Kilkenny has strong tradition of community involvement, volunteerism and community action, so no better place to hold the awards ceremony.”
The Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Councillor Eamon Aylward, officially launched the Pride of Place Awards 2019 this week.
Cllr Aylward said: “The fabric of any City or County depends on co-operation between communities. Kilkenny has an excellent reputation for the success of its community groups which reflects a deeper desire for social justice, harmony and equality that is vital to a healthy and prosperous society.
“It is an honour for Kilkenny to host the Pride of Place Gala Awards 2019 giving us the opportunity to showcase Kilkenny in its true glory with its narrow lanes and historic buildings on Ireland’s Medieval Mile, along the banks of the River Nore. The Pride of Place Competition has grown from strength to strength since its inauguration 17 years ago and continues to acknowledge the voluntary work being carried out by communities all over the island of Ireland.”
The Gala Awards Ceremony will take place at the Kilkenny Lyrath Estate on Saturday, November 20.
For more information on the 2019 IPB Pride of Place Awards, visit: www.prideofplace.ie/