Dr. Christopher Moran delivers speech at 2018 IPB Pride of Place Awards in Cork, Ireland

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Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland welcomes and congratulates the 2018 IPB Pride of Place Awards in Cork, Ireland


800 community heroes from across the country attended the IPB Pride of Place Awards at Cork City Hall

The annual competition, described as ‘The Oscars of the Community Sector,’ celebrates the often-unsung work of community groups that selflessly work to make local neighbourhoods a better place to live in, work in, or visit.

Organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place awards sees the country’s local authorities, on both sides of the border, nominate outstanding projects that contribute to civic pride.

Cork City Council hosted the gala awards evening on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland welcomed the 800 participants to the gala evening.


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Dr. Christopher Moran with one of many community organizations awarded a Pride of Place award and contributing to peace building and service across the island of Ireland

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said: “Cork has a strong tradition of volunteerism and community action and we are delighted to be partners in the Pride of Place competition.   The Gala Awards evening is a unique opportunity to celebrate the best in community development and recognises the invaluable efforts of those who glue our communities together”.

Tom Dowling, Chairperson of Pride of Place, expressed his delight “that after 16 years the competition continues to embed itself in the very heart of the Island of Ireland’s communities and gives them the opportunity to highlight the proud and amazing achievements of their place directly to the judges. I wish them continued success and we are all looking forward to meeting all the nominated groups for a great night in the wonderful exciting city of Cork”.

Peter Sheridan Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said: “Pride of Place deserves its position as one of the most prestigious community awards on the island of Ireland and Co-operation Ireland is delighted that it continues to go from strength to strength. From Donegal through Northern Ireland and in counties all the way to Cork, communities have been reaping the rewards of the hard work carried out by the community groups who make Pride of Place what it is.

Chairman of IPB Insurance George Jones said: “Pride of Place is an important platform as it recognises those who give freely of their time to make where they come from a better place to live and work. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases people’s pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant sustainable communities.”

/ IPB Pride of Place Awards Press Release

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