Lions Club and Kilteevan win Pride of Place awards

The Roscommon Lions Club and Kilteevan Community Development Group won Pride of Place Awards at the prize-giving ceremony in Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis last Saturday night.

  Pride of Place, an all-island competition, allows community groups to show their pride in the achievements of their own community.

  Roscommon County Council nominated both the successful entrants, along with Kilgefin Parish, under Ballyleague Village Renewal, and Cavetown Residents Developments Co. Ltd.

  Over 100 voluntary and community groups competed in the event, making the Lions Club and Kilteevan’s achievements all the more meritable.

  The Lions Club won a special award, in recognition of its flagship project, the Quad Youth Centre in Roscommon town.  The centre was opened in 2009 and, actively working with Foróige, has provided comprehensive youth services for the area.

  Noel Connolly, the president of Roscommon Lions Club, said: “We are very honoured to receive such a prestigious award.

  “We are delighted that, despite huge competition across the island of Ireland, we demonstrated to the competition judges the very positive achievements and outcomes of the centre for the youth of the area.”

  The Kilteevan group won a runners-up award in category 2 (for areas with a population of between 300 and 1,000). Eileen Fahey and Fiona Coen accepted the trophy and cheque on behalf of the group.

  Ms. Fahey said that community spirit had always been a feature of life in Kilteevan, but that it had increased over the past decade or so.

  She said: “In 2002, this community spirit and support was put on a more secure footing by establishing Kilteevan Community Development Group.

  “It became a vehicle for promoting and developing all aspects of community life in Kilteevan.”

  Ms. Fahey said that, through widespread support, the community had achieved a number of significant landmarks in improving the environment.