The County Limerick village of Galbally was last month named as one of the principal winners in the 8th Co-operation Ireland All-Island Pride of Place Competition.
The village was awarded first place in the Category 2, catering for population centres of 200-500 residents, at an awards ceremony in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, County Meath, on Saturday night. As a category winner Galbally Community Council received an exclusive crystal decorative memento along with a cheque.
SPEECH BY CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL CLLR RICHARD BUTLER AT PRIDE OF PLACE CELEBRATION IN GALBALLY COMMUNITY CENTRE ON FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER 2010
“Ladies and Gentlemen, A chairde go léir.
I would like to start by thanking you for inviting me to address you this evening on what is a historic occasion for the people of Galbally.
On behalf of Limerick County Council I wish to congratulate Galbally Community Council and the members of the community for achieving national recognition in the annual Pride of Place Competition.
This is a competition in which County Limerick has enjoyed considerable success in recent years.
Cappamore Development Association won a national title in 2008 while Glin was named overall winner of Category 3 last year.
Galbally’s win in Category 2, catering for population centres of 200-500 residents, completes a hat-trick for Limerick. This is something you should all be very proud of considering the significant number of other communities that took part.
On that note I also wish to congratulate the County’s other participants in this year’s competition.
Three other local communities were shortlisted in their respective categories, namely Kylefea/Caemore Court Estate in Croom; Friar’s Gate Theatre in Kilmallock and the Kilmeedy Local Training initiative.
It is clear that Limerick’s nominees once again demonstrated what can be achieved when people work together to enhance and change parts of their area for the good of the whole community.
The Pride of Place Competition focuses on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area.
It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration, including promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.
Here in Galbally, I know that the local community has been very busy since receiving second place when it first entered the competition in 2004.
A number of notable developments have taken place in the past six years including the development of an all weather pitch, a playground, additional facilities at Tig Roy, a new lift in the community centre and an exhibition room.
Limerick County Council is delighted to have been able to support some of these developments and in some small way contribute to your success in the 2010 competition.
In conclusion and on behalf of the people of County Limerick, I wish to congratulate the Council and Galbally on their respective successes and look forward to County Limerick bidding for further national recognition in 2011.
I hope you are enjoy the rest of the evening.
G raibh maith agaibh.”
CLLR RICHARD BUTLER
CATHAOIRLEACH OF LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL