Clarecastle featured highly in the annual Clare County Council Community Awards night hosted by the Cathaoirleach of the Council, Councillor John Crowe yesterday evening (Monday). During his address the Cathaoirleach commented that “The awards are a mark of Clare County Council’s programme of sustaining positive and co-operative working relationships with local groups. This awards night, which is supported by numerous sponsors throughout the county, is the Council’s way of thanking community groups and individuals for the valuable work they carry out. Their work, not only has a positive impact on their localities, but has a real benefit in terms of the economy and, particularly, in terms of tourism in Clare.”
In the competition for “Best Kept Local Authority Estates”, Clarehill received a high commendation for its population category while Church Drive’s efforts to keep its area clean and attractive was also recognised in a commendation award.
In the second competition, Clare in Bloom whereby local communities are encouraged to enhance the visual impact of their areas by means of flower and tree planting schemes, Gerard Backes and Anne McInerney were there to receive a Special Endeavour Award on behalf of Primrose Gardens Resident’s Association.
In the final competition, the local winners of the 2014 IPB Pride of Place Competition which recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that communities make to society were presented with certificates. Clarecastle Community Development Ltd (CCDL) was one of the winners and was represented on the night by Ger Ward, Chair of CCDL, Marie Clare Gorman Secretary/PR, CCDL, Mike Foley (CCDL & Pride of Place Co-ordinator), Christy Leyden and Eric Shaw (CCDL Heritage Committee). CCDL is delighted to be one of the four winning organisations and is proud to have been chosen by Clare County Council to represent the County in this years all-Ireland competition in November. There is no doubt that the Community of Clarecastle came out in force during the summer when the judging took place to showcase all that is good in Clarecastle and CCDL thanks all organisations and individuals involved for all their efforts.