Two Clare community projects will be hoping to emulate the success of local charity Clare Crusaders in last year’s Pride of Place Competition when competition judges visit the County this week.
Clare County Council has selected Clare Sports Partnership and Cuimhneamh and Chláir as the County’s representatives in Pride of Place 2012, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border.
In late 2011, Clare Crusaders received a special award under the category Community Health Initiative, for which the clinic received a Waterford Crystal Trophy and €500. County Clare’s other entrant, Loop Head Tourism, was short-listed in the All-Ireland competition, which aims to recognise contributions that community groups make to society.
Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group (Single Issue – Cultural Tourism) and Clare Sports Partnership (Single Issue – Active Elderly) are busily preparing for the judging stage of the 2012 competition, which takes place this Friday.
Cuimhneamh an Chláir is a voluntary and independent group, established in 2009 in an attempt to record the memories of Clare’s oldest citizens. The group has trained and mobilised over 30 volunteers (Cuairteoirí) across Clare who visit with and record our older people. Earlier this month, the group launched a new website to help promote the folklore and oral history of County Clare. www.clarememories.ie features over three hundred and thirty interviews with people aged between sixty five and one hundred and six.
As part of its strategy for the older adult, Clare Sports Partnership has been running the Physical Activity Leaders (PALS) training over the past number of years. The programme has been developed by Go For Life nationally. At present, over 60 members of various elderly groups across Clare have been trained as PALS.
Speaking ahead of the judging stage of the competition, Mayor of Clare Cllr. Pat Daly said: “This competition focuses on local communities, both north and south of the border, coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area. It also highlights the commitment of local authorities to supporting groups who undertake initiatives to improve their communities. This year’s chosen projects are worthy of inclusion in the competition and I wish everyone involved the very best of luck this week.”
Nicola Cullinan, Co-ordinator, Pride of Place, Clare County Council added: “The Pride of Place Competition recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. 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.”
“Local communities that have participated in the competition in recent years have benefited greatly from their experiences. It has provided them with an excellent opportunity to highlight the elements of their areas that they have civic pride in, and gave them a platform to showcase the work they are doing on a continual basis,” Ms. Cullinan added.
The winners in each competition category will receive an exclusive crystal decorative memento, along with a monetary prize. Runners up will receive a framed certificate and a monetary prize, while the recipients of special awards receive a crystal memento.
Judging in this year’s competition takes place on Friday, 20 July, in Clare Education Centre (Cuimhneamh and Chláir) at 10:00 AM and Ennistymon Community Hall (Clare Sports Partnership) at 2:30 PM.
The awards ceremony for the Pride of Place competition will be held at Thomond Park in Limerick on 3 November.
For further information on ‘Pride of Place’, please contact Nicola Cullinan, Pride of Place Co-Coordinator, Clare County Council at 065-6846496 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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