There was no main award for Ardee’s DeeHub at the 2017 All-Ireland Pride of Place Awards on Saturday evening, but representatives from the community initiative were in Donegal to receive their participation award at the prestigious national showcase.
The annual awards, which are run by Co-operation Ireland, aim to recognise exceptional community spirit and invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
This year, DeeHub was joined by Dunleer as the Mid-Louth representatives with the latter named national runner-up in the 2000-5000 area category. They joined the Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship, who won the ‘Community Reaching Out’ award on the night and the Moneymore Estate in Drogheda as those initiatives which made the national award shortlist.
Pictured above at Saturday’s ceremony are Louth County Council cathaoirleach Colm Markey, Louth County Council’s Aisling Sheridan, Patricia Flynn, Michael McCoy, Ruth Corbally (all DeeHub) and Barry Eaton of Louth County Council.
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.
In addition to the two wins this year, 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.
Ardee’s DeeHub received a visit from this year’s judging panel on Wednesday August 16th.
Donegal County Council hosted this year’s awards ceremony on Saturday evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. The 2016 event was held at the Waterfront in Belfast with over 800 guests from communities all over Ireland in attendance.
Speaking on Saturday evening, Louth County Council cathaoirleach and Ardee Municipal District councillor Colm Markey said, “Having visited the locations with the judges during the adjudication, I was overwhelmed by the commitment and dedication of all the groups involved and I am delighted to see this recognition through the IPB Pride of Place Awards for Louth.”
Louth County Council chief executive Joan Martin commented, “In addition, Moneymore in Drogheda, and Dee Hub in Ardee, did Louth proud in the ‘Housing Estates’ and ‘Community Based Youth Initiatives’, respectively and it is wonderful to see those who work so hard, and who develop such exceptional initiatives in their local communities, get the recognition they deserve.
“A national accolade such as this is no mean feat and I applaud you all,” she added.