The DeeHub in Ardee is among four local initiatives nominated by Louth County Council for consideration in the All-Ireland Pride of Place Awards 2017.
The annual All-Ireland awards, which are run by Co-operation Ireland, aim to recognise exceptional community spirit. This year, DeeHub is joined by Dunleer’s The Market House as the Mid-Louth representatives seeking a big win at December’s award ceremony. The Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship and the Moneymore Estate in Drogheda have also been nominated.
The DeeHub is an not-for-profit organisation which opened it’s doors in 2016 to establish a youth and community resource centre in Ardee. It currently provides programmes and services to address the needs of young people, adults and families in the area. They seek to provide a safe, creative and dynamic community resource hub.
The Dee Hub centre aims to provide services, support and training for young people and adults – including drug and alcohol prevention programmes, peer-to-peer leadership programmes, mental health support, inter-generational programmes and adult education.
Commenting on the news today, Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue said, “I’m delighted to see two local community groups have been entered into the Pride of Place Awards. This event recognises the hard work done in communities and I feel both Ardee Hub and The Market House deserve this recognition,” she said. “I wish both of them all the best in this award.”
Louth has enjoyed a degree of success in the Pride of Place compeition in the last number of years with Clogherhead being named an overall winner in the competition last year, in the Islands and Coastal Community category. Carlingford won the runner-up prize in the main population category in 2015.
According to the schedule issued by Louth County Council today, Ardee’s DeeHub will get a visit from this year’s judging panel on Wednesday August 16th. The judging will take place over two days, the 15th and 16th of August.
Donegal County Council will host this year’s awards ceremony and the IPB Pride of Place Awards 2017 will take place on Saturday December 2nd in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. Last year’s event was held at the Waterfront in Belfast with over 800 guests from communities all over Ireland in attendance.