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Portlaoise Parish Centre wins national award

Declan Kelly, Parish Centre Manager receiving the award from President McAleese

Declan Kelly, Parish Centre Manager receiving the award from President McAleese

Portlaoise Parish Centre received a national award at a ceremony in Waterford on Saturday night.

President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, was guest of honour at the All-Island Pride of Place Gala Awards ceremony at Cappoquin Community Centre, Waterford on Saturday 6 November). Hosted by Waterford County Council the President announced the winners to an audience of approximately 500, which included representatives from all of the 113 nominated groups.

The Pride of Place Competition recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration including, promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.

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