Four community groups from Wicklow were successful at the recent National Pride of Place awards
These annual awards are known as the Oscars for community groups and they highlight the work being done by community groups all over the island of Ireland.
The presentation ceremony was held in Armagh this year.
The village of Hollywood won Gold in the Population 0-500 category while Avoca Village won Silver in the Population Category 500- 1500. Greystones Tidy Towns also won Silver in the Creative Place Category and Rewild Wicklow took home Gold in the Special Award category.
Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, who attended the event, congratulated all involved and remarked that: “This is an absolutely fabulous achievement for the county and I couldn’t be prouder of all the people involved who made this happen. To see all Four Wicklow nominees on the podium and bringing home two Gold and two Silver awards against very tough competition from across the island of Ireland was one of my proudest days as Cathaoirleach of the Council.
Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Emer O’Gorman, said he was very proud of the four nominees stating: “It is a wonderful achievement for these groups and it acknowledges the fantastic work they have done in their communities”.
The Pride of Place competition has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.