Double delight for Roscommon County Council at LAMA Awards

Executive members and councillors from Roscommon County Council pictured with representatives of nominees representing Roscommon at the All-Ireland Community and Council LAMA awards held in the Royal Convention Centre in Dublin last Saturday night.

There was double delight for Roscommon County Council and the community groups in question at this year’s All-Ireland Community and Council LAMA Awards in the Royal Convention Centre in Dublin last Saturday night as the Castlerea Rose Festival and the ‘Roscommon Water Source’ project gave the county two big wins on the night.

The Castlerea Rose Festival won ‘Best Festival in Ireland’ (see separate feature in this week’s issue for more) and the ‘Roscommon Water Source’ project was nominated in the ‘Best Green Sustainable’ category. They were two of five nominees representing Roscommon County Council at the gala awards ceremony.

The ‘Roscommon Water Source’ project was nominated by the Environment Department of Roscommon County Council as a blueprint for improving and monitoring water quality.

The concept emerged from the efforts of Roscommon County Council in conjunction with the National Federation of Group Water Scheme (NFGWS) engaging a Source Protection Project over a number of group water schemes within the county.

The other award nominees from Roscommon were Ballyleague Village Renewal/Tidy Towns Group and Lough Ree Access for All in the Best Environmental project, nominated collectively as Ballyleague Resilience Park; Planning Roscommon Together in the Best Communications Category, represented by Paul Clabby of the Public Participation Network (PPN), an umbrella organisation representing community groups in the county, as overseen by Roscommon County Council; and Athleague village, although nominated in the Best Town or Village Regeneration category, was not present/represented at the event.