St. Patrick’s Villas in Castleconnell took the runner-up award in the housing estates category at the IPB Pride of Place Awards 2017.
One housing estate and one youth organisation that are the epitome of civic pride and excellence in Limerick will fly the green and white flag for Limerick in this year’s IPB Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Villas in Castleconnell and Northside Youth Space in Ballynanty have been selected by Limerick City and County Council to be Limerick’s representatives in the annual competition this year.
St. Patrick’s Villas, Castleconnell is situated in the townland of Stradbally North, near the scenic village of Castleconnell. This estate contains 46 houses, with a mix of privately owned and local authority properties. St. Patrick’s Villas Residents’ Association has been in existence for the last 5 years and has created many strong links with the Local Authority and organisations in the town. In its relatively short time in existence, the Residents Association has made tremendous strides in terms of improving the physical appearance of the estate and generating positive community spirit. For instance, with the assistance of local businesses and residents they purchased their own ride-on mower, hand-mower and leaf blower to assist in the maintenance of the estate in its pristine condition.
Northside Youth Space - Ballynanty. With its door a year open, the Northside Youth Space (NYS) has already established itself as a favourite with young people and the wider community. Located beside Thomond Park, NYS, which is based in Ballynanty is facilitated by Limerick Youth Service (LYS). NYS is home to Youth & Family Support, Garda Youth Diversion, Community Mapping & Youth Mental Health Projects, Youth Café and volunteer led youth clubs. NYS also works with the local community offering a space for a range of activities including drama, dance, photography and sports.