IPB Pride of Place 2024

Now open for nominations

The IPB Pride of Place Awards 2024 is now open for nominations. The awards acknowledge the work done every day by communities all over Ireland.

Local community groups can put themselves forward for a local authority nomination. 

Nominated groups will be able to demonstrate pride in their place. This will include presenting community activities and culture in a tour of the area for competition judges. The community will also show the partnership between local authorities and all of the local community. 

Email your community group's submission to dbarden@longfordcoco.ie  before Friday, 26 April 2024. No late submissions will be accepted.

The awards are organised by Co-Operation Ireland.

For further information, please see the Pride of Place 2024 brochure.

2023 Nominees

Take a look at last year's Longford winners in the IPB Pride of Place Awards 2023. These awards took place on Friday, 10 November 2023. 

Aughnacliffe: Winner in the 500-1,000 Population category

Aughnacliffe is a small rural community in north Longford with a population of 650 people. The community centre has been the heart of the parish since 1985. Previously a school, it now provides a local social network of services, including educational, fitness and sports classes, dancing and concerts. Older people in the community also connect with one another each week through the Dolmen Club. Lough Leebeen is popular for fishing. There is also a safe and scenic walk, an exercise circuit, a children's playground and a fairy garden. The 'heritage trail' is a fantastic new attraction taking walkers on a tour of historical areas including an ancient neolithic dolmen. The village also has a vibrant GAA club, a playschool with an afterschool programme and a local medical centre. 

Group of eight people standing for a photograph with their award

Two other groups were also nominated by Longford County Council. They were:

Newtownforbes Biodiversity Trail and Nature Walk in the Climate Action - Biodiversity category 

The Newtownforbes Biodiversity Trail and Nature Walk is proving to be a popular amenity with local people. Volunteers, landowners and Longford County Council came together to create this accessible space for walking, running and cycling. It is a place where wildlife can flourish also, including native Irish beehives. 

EDIC and REVAMP in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category

EDIC (Employment, Development and Information Centre) and REVAMP provide information, training and employment opportunities with a person-centred approach. As part of this, REVAMP training has trained 285 people, including in the upcycling of household furniture and other items, diverting these items from landfills and providing low-cost goods to local customers.