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.
They have been entered in the following categories:
- Community Wellbeing Initiative - CareBright
- Population <500 – Killeedy Community Projects
- Urban Neighbourhoods/ Villages <3000 – Southhill HUB
Judges Terry O’Niadh and Declan Nelson received a warm welcome from all three groups at a special festival day showcasing the work of the group and its impact on the community. The judging took place on 30th and 31st August 2023.
CareBright village was built in the heart of Bruff in East Limerick. The town lies on the Morning Star River with a population of 803. This is the first model of its kind in Ireland. The ‘household model’ adopts a person-centred approach, each person retains as much autonomy over his or her wellbeing as possible.
The CareBright community has three bungalows, each containing six private living spaces and each space staffed in accordance with the needs of the residents in that house. A sensory garden with outdoor seating leads onto an animal sanctuary, with ‘boithrin’ style walks for residents.
This is home to 18 people living with dementia. The Community Hub has a café, sensory room, spa, and hairdressing salon and arts room. The Yarn Social club is an integral part of our community. CareBright members attend the Social Club where they meet with other members of the wider community (15 km radius) who are also living with dementia.
Colette Ryan, CareBright said "We were delighted to showcase CareBright to the judges, it was a great opportunity to bring the community and volunteers together to show our unique model of care in Bruff"
Killeedy Community Projects
Killeedy, Cill Íde, the home place of St. Ita, is a small rural parish nestled at the foot of the magnificent Mullaghareirk mountains that form the border between West Limerick and North Cork. It has two villages, Raheenagh and Ashford, at either end of the parish and Kantoher Enterprise Park at its centre. A very vibrant community, it has twenty different voluntary bodies all working together creating a caring environment with health, well-being, and quality lifestyle to the fore.
Following a major setback in 2005 with the closure of Kantoher Co-op and the loss of over 350 jobs, Kantoher Development Group was set up and, with the help of numerous state bodies and local input, there are now 14 new companies based at Kantoher Enterprise Park employing over 200 people. The old Ashford Tavern has been refurbished and Killeedy Eco Park, a 13-acre outdoor facility that includes an Integrated Constructed wetland, was opened in 2020.
Jack O’Connor, Killeedy Community Projects said "The last day of August 2023 was a great day of celebration for all the twenty seven voluntary organisations in Killeedy as Pride of Place judges, Declan and Terry, descended on our little community to see first-hand the rural regeneration programme that was triggered there with the closure of Kantoher in 2005. The villagers of Ashford and Raheenagh gathered with the enterprises of the once again, flourishing Kantoher Business Park to showcase for Pride of Place how hard work, volunteerism together with the support from the state agencies and an abundance of goodwill and positivity can take you to where this community is today."
Southill HUB is a community centre on the southside of Limerick City in O’ Malley Park in the heart of Southill delivering responsive programmes and services since 2008. The Centre provides a number of locally based services; a community café, a sports hall, office space and meeting rooms.
The youth work team works with young people through the provision of youth programmes offering a safe space for young people to access educational, recreational and social opportunities.
The HUB work with young people to identify their needs, skills and talents and provide a space where these needs, skills and talents are encouraged, nurtured and developed.
The HUB also spearheaded several initiatives including provision of an LGBTQIA+ worker, a Targeted Youth Employability Support Initiative (TYESI) and a Family Support Worker which are now embedded in the service delivery model.
Siobhan O’Leary, Southill HUB said "Our Pride of Place judging took place on the 30th August here in Southill Hub - what a day it was! The community of Southill showed up and showed out - there was singing, painting superheroes, coffee, cake and family bingo. Thanks so much to the community of Southill for helping us showcase Southill Hub to the judges on the day"
The Irish Public Bodies (IPB) Pride of Place Awards 2023 are presented in association with Co-operation Ireland.
This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the competition which is all-island competition run in conjunction with local authorities North and South.
It aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect and inclusion for every facet of society.
The purpose of the competition is to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities all over the island of Ireland, recognising endeavours of local people to create civic pride and make their communities great places to live.
The competition focus is about people coming together to change and improve the daily lives of people in their communities.
The 2023 winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony to be held on 10th November 2023 hosted by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in the Armagh City Hotel.