The National IPB Pride of Place Awards Ceremony is taking place this Saturday 21st January from 7pm, and will be streamed live at the link below – it may be of interest to your community as it will showcase award-winning projects where communities have worked together to improve community facilities and amenities across all types of rural and urban areas, with projects promoting wellbeing, creative approaches, social inclusion, and tourism.

Last year, Headford Lace were national runners-up in the Creative Place Category for their amazing work within their community to research, revive and reimagine Headford’s lace-making heritage.

This year County Galway has the following 2 nominees and I’m sure you will join with us in sending our very best wishes to:

  • Lawrencetown – in the 300-1000 Population Category for their bottom-up community development led approach to improving the social, educational, and economic environment of their village to promote inward migration and retention of local residents
  • Woodford – in the Creative Places Category for their creative approach to place-making by designing hand-crafted signage on repurposed slates to record place names and the cultural heritage of their local area, which will lead to further developments such as QR codes and a self-guided heritage tour of the area

Above, all the Pride of Place Competition is about communities who promote pride of place in their local town or village.   It might also spark your interest in participating in this prestigious competition in the future, and if so, we would be delighted to hear from you!

The awards will be live-streamed at   

WATCH LIVE: 2022 Awards Ceremony

Please click on the ‘watch here’ button located on the homepage with the above text at 7pm on Saturday the 21st of January to view the awards live.

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