Mayor of County Cork Councillor Declan Hurley today launched the Pride in our Community Competition at the County Hall in front of a large crowd, which included many County Councillors and representatives of Community groups from all over county Cork. The Pride in Our Community Competition is now celebrating its 13th year and continues to encourage communities to display the best of their area by developing sustainable amenities that benefit the entire community. The competition which is organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire in conjunction with Cork County Council continues to go from strength to strength each year.
Over the years, the competition has developed from a small idea to the very successful and popular competition that it is today with a prize fund of over €10,000, and over 50 groups are expected to take part again this year. Through this competition, Muintir na Tire recognises and acknowledges the hard work of all the community organisations involved around the County and this in turn supports the work of development work of Cork County Council. The competition also seeks to make people aware of their environment, to continue the overall development of their areas and to encourage litter free communities.
Mayor Hurley praised the competition and promised continued support from Cork County Council to the voluntary sector in County Cork and he congratulated last year’s overall winner Mitchelstown Community Council. Cork County Council CEO Mr Tim Lucey praised Muintir na Tire for its commitment to rural development and also for their help with the Mayors awards. In a message to the launch, Mr Brendan Scahill Community Worker HSE Cork North said they were also delighted to be working closely with Muintir on many projects and he outlined the health benefits of some community projects.
Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising committee called on Groups in the county in the process of improving amenities in their local community to enter the Pride in Our Community Competition, which has a Prize Fund of over €10.000. He said the competition is open to all communities in County Cork He particularly mentioned the special Youth Award for Youth groups which is a new initiative to encourage young people to help out with improving and developing amenities. There is also a Small Village Award, a Best Large Town in Each Division, Best Heritage Project, Most Eco Friendly Project, Social Inclusion Award, Best New Entry, Best Tourism Project, Best Maintained Existing Project, Healthy Town/Village Award and Innovation and Creativity.
Sean Finn deputising for Annette Lane Chairperson of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre said amenities highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. He said these projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.
He thanked the County council especially Louis Duffy and his staff at the Cork County Council Environment Directorate for providing support for the organising, judging and funding of the competition.
He said that Muintir na Tire hopes to see all of our communities continue to support our work by partaking in the competition this year and we encourage all groups past and present to continue to develop their projects and ideas. We really hope to see past groups coming back to work on projects in the future. Kevin Murphy Chairman County Council Environment SPC said it was now easier than ever to enter the competition and he urged groups to enter online here to contact 0214500688 and request a Brochure / entry form.