Pride of Place judges visit
LAST week judges from
the national Pride of Place competition visited four
projects which have been nominated by Donegal County
Council for this year’s finals. The projects are Falcarragh Parish Development, Dungloe Network
Development, Greencastle Community Development and
Donegal Town Community Chambers.
Judges Donal Connolly and William Beattie visited
each of the projects during their two day visit to
National Pride of Place judges
Donal Connolly and William Beattie meeting members
of the Greencastle Community Development during
their visit to adjudicate for this year’s
On Thursday, 4th July,
the judges travelled north to the scenic fishing
village of Greencastle where they met with the
Greencastle Community Development group to find out
more about their determined drive to develop their
multipurpose community centre for local people.
George McGuinness, group director, began by giving a
history of the centre and wowed the judges with the
committees determination and dedication to the local
community. Susan McAleer, centre manager, proudly
gave the judges a tour of the facility and explained
the abundance of courses, classes and workshops that
the centre provides to the local community.
Volunteer counsellor and Core Care founder,
Jacqueline Kelly, also gave the judges an insight to
the work that they do within the wider community.
The judges were also treated to a choral performance
by patients from the Carndonagh Dementia Nursing
Home and even enjoyed a dance or two.
Mairead Cranley, Social Inclusion Co-ordinator with
Donegal County Council said “We would like to thank
all groups for entering the competition. We were
overawed with the great work being done all over the
county by volunteers. The hard work of each of these
committees and groups is what creates that pride of
place in a community”.
She also thanked all four groups who hosted a visit
from the judges for their efforts in welcoming the
judges to their own community and wished them well
in the competition.