Pride of Place Awards for local groups

Three Roscommon initiatives featured at this year’s IPB All-Ireland Pride of Place Awards which took place last Saturday at The Clayton Hotel in Dublin.

Innovative disability access initiative Lough Ree Access For All was a runner-up in the Community Tourism category. The programme, which is based in Ballyleague Lanesboro, allows boating and angling enthusiasts with disabilities to access the lake.

Lisnamult Tidy Towns and Residents’ Association also took home a runner-up award in the Urban Neighbourhoods category. The group has a childcare facility (Greenfields), community sports park, and an astroturf pitch which is used by sports groups all year round.

The Melting Pot service in Roscommon town featured in category seven of the Community Wellbeing award. The service, which features an Internet café, charity shop, and the Dinners4U meal delivery service, offers a safe space for people to meet socially.

Paying tribute at Monday’s meeting of Roscommon County Council, Cathaoirleach Tom Crosby, who attended the awards with members of the Council executive, congratulated the groups and wished continued success to all community groups in the county.