Pride of Place

Limerick City and County Council invited expressions of interest from local community groups who sought to be nominated to the 2023 IPB Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland.

This annual all-island competition is run in conjunction with local authorities and aims to recognise improvements made by local communities to create civic pride in their area. The Pride of Place Competition celebrates the efforts and endeavours of communities throughout Ireland, to make their place the best place to live. The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve the daily lives of people in their communities.

Awards 2023

The 2023 winners of the IPB Pride of Place Competition will be announced at an Awards Ceremony to be held this Friday 10th November 2023 hosted by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in the Armagh City Hotel.  

The awards will be streamed live from 7pm on the Pride of Place website:

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The three Limerick groups representing Limerick at this year’s Pride of Place Competition are

  • Cities Categories No. 1 Urban Neighbourhoods/ Villages <3000 – Southill HUB
  • Main Categories No. 1 Population <500 – Killeedy Community Projects
  • Main Categories No. 7 Community Wellbeing Initiative (Targeted) – CareBright, Bruff

The ceremony will commence with a number of speeches.  There will be the announcement of prize winners, starting with the cities competition followed by rest of the awards.

Approximate timings of Awards Running Order:

7.00 pm Opening of Awards Ceremony by MC Pamela Ballantine 

7.05 pm Speeches:

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough, Alderman Margaret Tinsley  

Tom Dowling, Chairman, Pride of Place  

8.00 pm Presentation of Awards (Cities categories 1 – 7)

9.15 pm Presentation of Awards (Categories 1 - 8)              

10.30 pm Final Awards (Categories 9-13, Specials, Council Award)

11.10 pm Closing Remarks

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2023 Entries

Three Limerick groups have been selected by Limerick City and County Council to compete in this year’s Pride of Place Competition: CareBright, Killeedy Community Projects and Southill HUB....learn more.

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Previous Winners

Limerick has an impressive track record of success in this competition. Limerick’s previous competition winners were:

  • 2022 - West End Youth Centre, First Place Winner in the Community Based Youth Led Initiative, along with Runners-up awards for St Munchins Community Centre in the Community Resilience category and Glenroe/Ballyorgan Community Council CLG in the Community Population 300 - 1,000 category
  • 2021 – Draw Out Limerick, Runner-up in the Creative Place Initiative category and Lough Gur Development Co-operative Society, Runner-up in the Community Tourism Initiative category
  • 2020 - Rathkeale Pre-Social Cohesion Project, First Place Winner in the 1,000 – 2,000 population category
  • 2019 - Abbeyfeale Community Council, Runner-up in the 2,500-5,000 population category
  • 2018 - First Place Winner, The Children’s Grief Centre under the Communities Reaching Out Initiative, along with Runners Up awards for Limerick Civic Trust in the Creative Place Initiative and Kilmeedy in the 0-300 population category.

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Competition Process 2023:

  • Groups interested in being considered for nomination are asked to complete the required Expression of Interest form, together with an entry photograph, see link below, and return by Tuesday, 9th May 2023.
  • The Expressions of Interest will be assessed, per category, based on the Co-operation Ireland criteria.
  • Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been selected to compete at all-island level by Friday, 12th May 2023.
  • Nominated groups will be required to make a detailed submission by Friday, 9th June 2023.
  • Applicants will be judged on their detailed submission. 
  • Judging season – June/September 2023

Limerick City and County Council may nominate one group only per category and a maximum of 5 groups overall.

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Entry Criteria 2023:

The competition caters for Urban and Rural Communities which have different categories of entrants in each.

Category Population
1 0-500
2 500 - 1,500
3 1,500 – 4,000
4 Population Over 4,000
Category Theme
5 Communities Welcoming New Communities
6 Creative Place Initiative
7 Community Wellbeing Initiative
8 Community Tourism Initiative
9 Climate Action & Biodiversity
10 Community Age Friendly Initiative
Category Non-Population
11 Housing Estates
12 Islands and Coastal Communities
13 Urban Neighbourhoods/ Villages*

*An urban neighbourhood is a defined area of a city, town or suburban place

Cities Competition
Category Population
1 Urban Neighbourhoods/ Village under 3,000
2 Urban Neighbourhoods/ Village over 3,000
Category Theme
3 Creative Place Initiative
4 Climate Action & Biodiversity
5 Community Youth Led Initiative
6 Communities Welcoming New Communities

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How to enter:

Please complete the Expressions of Interest form and forward (preferably by email) to

For further information, please email

or by post to :

Pride of Place Liaison Officer
Urban and Rural Community Development Department
Limerick City and County Council
Merchant’s Quay
V94 EH90

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Closing Date

Closing date for receipt of expression of interests is close of business on Tuesday, 9th May 2023.

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Pride of Place News

This service is provided by

Urban and Rural Community Development

Phone +353 61 556000
Limerick City and County Council, Merchant's Quay, Limerick V94 EH90