Pride Of Place

Swinford Pride Of Place 2015

pride of place 2015Swinford has been entered into Pride Of Place 2015

For the second year in a row, Swinford has been entered into this years Pride Of Place 2015. Swinford is representing Mayo again in category 4 of the Pride of Place competition, with a population of between 1,000 and 2,000 people. This years Judging took place on the evening of the official opening of the Spirit of Place installation, “The Procession Of The Souls” on Friday 10th July. The 2015 Pride of Place awards ceremony will take place in Tracey’s Hotel in Ennis Co Clare on Saturday the 14th of November.

Key Dates For Pride Of Place 2015
  • 29th May – Swinford nominated to represent Mayo in Pride of Place 2015.
  • 10th July – Judging took place in Swinford at the “Procession Of The Souls” official opening. 
  • 4th September – Judging Season Concludes.
  • 18th September – Final Judges’ Meeting.
  • 14th November – Awards Ceremony in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis Co Clare


Swinford Pride Of Place 2014

Pride of Place is a unique opportunity for community groups to be officially recognised on an all-island basis for the valuable work undertaken in their local areas. Entry is by way of county, city or district council nomination only.

Swinford Pride of Place 2014 logo

Swinford Pride of Place Logo

Swinford was honoured to represent Mayo in this years Pride of Place competition. Swinford was entered in category 4 of the competition with a population of between 1000 and 2000 residents. The Swinford Pride of Place adjudication took place on Tuesday 5th of August which was also Heritage Day in the Síamsa Sráide festival.

Swinford Pride of Place adjudicators 2014

Our 2 Adjudicators were very very impressed with the image of the town, the sheer number of clubs and organisations in the town. Most of all, they could not get over the friendliness and warm welcome that they received from the people of Swinford! It is hard to believe that in Swinford we have over 50 clubs and organisations, some of whom work away quietly in the background and go unnoticed. This was very evident by the 250 page Swinford Pride of Place document about all the clubs and organisations which was presented to the Pride of Place Adjudicators!

The Pride of Place competition is all about showcasing these clubs and organisations, showcasing whats good in our community, “putting our best foot forward”. Swinford has once again done itself proud! The only thing the adjudicators were regretful of was the fact they could not spend more time in Swinford and chat to more people, they only had two and a half hours to do the judging (they had to leave Swinford at 5.30 to be in Belcarra Castlebar at 6 to judge them in their category).

The Awards ceremony will take place this year in Ennis Co. Clare on the 15th of November. The winners in each category will receive a large trophy along with a cash prize. The runners up in each category will receive a standard trophy and a cash prize.

pride of place logo 2014Pride Of Place Background

Pride of Place is an all-island competition which is directed towards recognising improvements by local communities to create civic pride in their area. The competition focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area. The competition is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme in conjunction with the all-island Local Authority Steering Forum comprising officials from authorities in both parts of Ireland.

In Pride of Place, community groups have the unique opportunity to showcase specific pride initiatives which will have long-lasting and positive impacts on their society. Activities may include the development of community centres, the tackling of social exclusion issues, the establishment of residents associations or the provision of childcare facilities.

co-operation-Ireland logoCo-operation Ireland

Co-operation Ireland is the leading peace-building charity on the island of Ireland. It’s vision is to for a peaceful and stable island where people of all backgrounds live and work together for a better future. It’s mission is ‘to sustain peace by helping to build a shared and cohesive society’.

Key Dates For Pride Of Place 2014
  • 3rd June – Swinford nominated to represent Mayo in Pride of Place
  • 5th August – Judging took place in swinford on Heritage day during Síamsa Sráide.
  • 5th September – Judging Season Concludes.
  • 15th September – Final Judges’ Meeting.
  • 15th November – Awards Ceremony in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis Co Clare.

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2014 Swinford Pride of Place Awards booklet article.

Swinford Pride of Place Awards booklet article






















For more information on Pride of Place, visit their website here.

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