In the 2016 nationwide Pride of Place competition, which shines a light on the work of communities across the island of Ireland, who came out tops?

Pride of Place is an all-island competition, set up in 2003 to acknowledge the hard work communities are carrying out every day all over Ireland. It focuses on and rewards people who are coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities.

“The competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities – young, old, rich or poor – and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong,” says Tom Dowling, former Meath county manager, and chairman and founder of the Pride of Place initiative.

The 2016 winners hail from all corners of the island, from Cork to Antrim, and represent communities of all sizes and varieties. They came together in Belfast on 26 November of last year to celebrate.

Main competition winners

Population 0–300Broadford Development Association, Co Limerick

Population 300–1000Clonbur Community Council, Co Galway

Population 1,000–2,000Borris Tidy Towns, Co Carlow

Population 2,000–5,000Moate Action Group, Co Westmeath

Population over 5,000Douglas Community Association, Co Cork

Age-Friendly Community InitiativeMcAuley Place, Naas, Co Kildare

Community Social EnterpriseMeath River Rescue, Co Meath

Community Business Enterprise InitiativeFerbane Food Campus, Co Offaly

Communities Reaching Out InitiativeIntegration and Support Unit, Waterford City, Co Waterford

Housing EstatesThree Drives Family Resource Centre, Tipperary Town, Co Tipperary

Islands and Coastal CommunitiesClogherhead Development Group, Co Louth

Urban NeighbourhoodsDominic’s Community Centre, Tallaght, Co Dublin


Neighbourhoods under 1,000: Glór na Móna, Belfast

Neighbourhoods 1,000–2,000: Stoneybatter Heritage Village, Dublin

Neighbourhoods Over 2,000: East Belfast Community Development Agency, Belfast

Age-Friendly Community Initiative: Mahon CDP Agelink, Cork

Community Enterprise Initiative: Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Derry

Community Arts Initiative: Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Galway

Special awards

Cities Competition 

Play Resource Warehouse, Belfast

Saol Café, Galway

Main Competition

Liskennett Farm – St Joseph’s Foundation, Granagh, Co Limerick

Mulhuddart Motocross Project, Fingal Co Dublin

Trinity Arts Project, Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Wexford Marine Watch, Co Wexford

Special Council Award

Dublin City Council

Main photo: Emily Morter/Unsplash