Environment and Community Awards

Overall winners Manorgirls brigade

Around 200 people from almost 80 groups from across Leitrim attended the 2017 Environmental & Community Awards on 12th October 2017 . Sponsored by Leitrim County Council and Leitrim Public Participation Network (PPN), the evening was a chance to recognise the valuable work of the community and voluntary sector in making Leitrim a beautiful and friendly place to live. Leitrim Cathaoirleach, Finola Armstrong McGuire welcomed Biologist and broadcaster, Éanna Ní Lamhna and singer, Eleanor Shanley as joint Masters of Ceremonies. Joseph Gilhooly, Chief Executive, Leitrim County Council welcomed the many organisations to the event with a further welcome given by Mary McKeirnan of Leitrim Public Participation Network Secretariat.

Cllrs and TDs

The evening at the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon was enjoyed by young and old in sharing the celebrations. Leitrim’s local and national representatives accompanied the celebrants as the County’s Councillors and TDs, Eamon Scanlon and Martin Kenny mingled with the nominees. 
Eanna & Eleanor
Awards were presented for seven categories, with one winner of each category in each of the three Municipal Districts – Ballinamore, Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton. The competition was lively from North to South of Leitrim. The district winners in each category are listed below:

Schools Awards:
Newtowngore NS,  Hunt NS and Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin              

Social Inclusion Award:
Ballinamore Mens Shed, Leitrim Ladies Lunch Committee and Manoramilton Girls Brigade                     

Best Estates:
Corryard Woods, Drumshanbo, Knocklogford, Mohill and Forest Grove, Dromahair.

Community Facility:
Ballinamore Fishing & Tourism Ltd, Bornacoola Development Association and South Leitrim and Northern Counties Railtrail Working Group.

McGuires Cottages, Drumshanbo, Drumsna Garden Centre, and Wynnes Market Bar, Drumkeerin.

Cleaner and Greener
Fenagh Tidy Towns, Drumsna Development Association, and Dromahair Dvelopment Association.

Unsung Hero:An individual award for outstanding contribution to the local area.
Terry Shortt, Ballinamore Fishing & Tourism Ltd. , Catriona Tighe, Mohill Youth Café, and Margaret & Charlie Sharkey, Dromahair Development Association.

The outright winner of Leitrim Environmental & Community Awards 2017 was awarded to Manorhamilton Girls Brigade with Leitrim Cathaoirleach, Finola Armstrong McGuire advising that they literally “blew the judges away” with the group’s passion and commitment to their members and projects.

In summing up the evening, Finola Armstrong McGuire told the groups they were all winners by just being there and hoped they had made new friends and garnered some useful information for their work in the future. We all look forward to the contest in 2018.

Community Development Department, Leitrim Co Council, Áras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon
or by email community@leitrimcoco.ie
Phone 071 9620005 ext 540 (Suzanne) or ext 552 (Aileen)

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