Louth Shortlisted for Four National Awards!
Four community based project/initiatives have been shortlisted for the LAMA Awards 2013 which celebrate councils and communities working together.
LAMA, the Local Authority Member Association, works in the best interest of their members, the elected representatives, at all times. The LAMA Awards offer local councillors the opportunity to nominate local authority and community initiatives that are of benefit to communities throughout the country. The category based nominations are assessed by an independent adjudication panel using a comprehensive, points based scoring system dictated by the criteria for that particular category.
Councillor Liam Reilly, who is also a member of the network Louth Tidy Towns Together, nominated the Louth based initiatives and is “delighted to have four community based initiatives shortlisted for these prestigious awards from a huge entry nationally this year”.
In Councillor Reilly’s own community, The Dromiskin Heritage Trail is one of five projects shortlisted for the Best Heritage Project and
finds itself in competition with big budget projects including Enniscorthy Castle, Camden Fort Meagher in Cork, Drom Heritage Centre in Roscommon and the restoration of Palmerstown Weir in South Dublin. The Dromiskin Heritage Trail was funded by Louth LEADER Partnership supplemented by local fundraising and is a low cost, high impact project that proves its worth by being shortlisted.
Blackrock Park is one of five shortlisted entries for Best Public Park and faces stiff competition from Seaview Avenue Park Arklow, Birr’s
Camcor Riverside Walk, Grifeen Valley Park and Tymon Public Park both in South Dublin. While Blackrock is a relatively new addition to the amenities of the village it has been developed to a high standard to include a children’s playground, Multi Use Games Facility and quite wonderful Biodiversity Gardens. Louth LEADER Partnership also contributed significant funds to the development of the park with several other sources contributing to the cocktail of funding required to complete the work.
No stranger to National Awards at this stage Larry Magnier from Blackrock is among the five shortlisted individuals for the Community Volunteer of the Year and well deserves his place among this group of active citizens who contribute so much to a good quality of life in communities throughout Ireland.
The recently developed Louth Tidy Towns Together Website www.louthtidytownstogether.com finds itself among the five shortlisted projects for Best Use of IT and is facing an extremely difficult task as it is pitched against excellent entries including the Clare County Library Website, Dublin City Council’s Parking Tag, YAM.ie Your Arts Map in South Dublin as well as a Social Media Seminar for Sports and Community Facilities in South Dublin.
Richard Barry, Chairman of Louth Tidy Towns Together was anxious to first of all “Congratulate all the shortlisted projects. It is a great honour to get so far in a National Awards Scheme such as this where all entries are assessed by a highly professional independent panel of adjudicators. Win or lose we certainly consider all our nominations to be winners and these superb entries, as we all know, are just a sample of the many more excellent high quality projects that are undertaken by tidy towns groups throughout Louth with support from the local authority and other agencies”.
The winners have been announced at an Awards Ceremony in Dublin on 26th January 2013.