Limerick Wins Two Awards at the All Ireland Community & Council Awards

  • Winners of Best Connected Council (Communications and Digital Marketing) and Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment for Limerick 2030: An Economic & Spatial Plan for Limerick
Cllr Winston Bennett, LAMA Representative, Pat Fitzgerald, Economic Development, Cllr John Sheahan, Mayor Stephen Keary, Laura Ryan, Limerick City and County Council, and Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA Executive (Pic: Paul Sherwood) gets award for Communications and Digital Marketing; Limerick 2030 An Economic and Spatial Plan wins for attracting inward investment.

Limerick City and County Council has won on the double at this year’s All Ireland Community and Council Awards.

The awards, which are in their 12th year, recognise and celebrate community and councils working together and are presented by IPB Insurance and Local Authority Members’ Association (LAMA).

They highlight and celebrate the work done by the local authorities and also volunteers within our communities, to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives.

In 2018 more than 150 entries were received across 20 categories. Following a rigorous judging process, over 100 projects nationwide from 23 counties were shortlisted for the awards ceremony, which took place in Croke Park Stadium. won for Best Connected Council (Communications and Digital Marketing). The award highlighted the range of digital marketing and communications employed by the council in launching the revamped as a new digital platform for business, visitors and locals. Limerick City and County Council worked with local media agency Piquant to devise a digital marketing and communications strategy that best suited the new platform and the various and disparate messages to a broad and diverse audience and customer base.

Limerick City and County Council also scooped the award for Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment for Limerick 2030: An Economic & Spatial Plan for Limerick, its blueprint for the development of Limerick city and county over the next 12 years. The plan aims to transform Limerick through the economic, social and physical renaissance of Limerick City Centre and the wider Mid West Region. The Limerick Twenty Thirty Designated Activity Company has been established arising out of the plan to focus on the development of key strategic sites around Limerick.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Stephen Keary said: “Congratulations to the Limerick winners and to the others who were shortlisted. It is always good to be recognised by your peers for a ‘job well done’. Limerick is leading the way in embracing the digital age by using technology to bring all our services closer to our citizens and plotting the future economic development of Limerick in these uncertain times. And all this work being done by the council is now recognised with these awards.”

Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications with Limerick City and County Counci lsaid: “Our aim is to always present Limerick in a positive light, to give information about Council services, and be number one when searching the internet for information on Limerick. We’re delighted to have been recognised for our promotional efforts in showcasing Limerick’s unique selling points.”

“ has been designed around its users in the community and is the most innovative local authority platform in Ireland and we’re looking forward to continuing to build on the site’s strengths and functionality to continue to showcase the very best of Limerick life.”

Dr Pat Daly, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development with Limerick City and County Council said: “The award as best local authority in attracting inward investment is a significant acknowledgement of Limerick’s progress in attracting some world class foreign direct investment for Limerick city and county.”

“It’s also a significant acknowledgement of the ongoing hard work and efforts made by the council and the other stakeholders in achieving this. We are confident we can build on this achievement into the future.”

Limerick was shortlisted in two other categories:

  • Beat The Street from Limerick Sports Partnership was shortlisted for Best Community Health Initiative
  • Dreamland, Share A Dream’s Fun Centre, which is Ireland’s first all inclusive play centre was shortlisted in the Best Disability Access and Inclusion category
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