Clonakilty and Whiddy Island nominated for IPB Pride of Place Awards 2017

Pride of Place Competition - Clonakilty, population greater than 5,000 - Edward Sheehy and John Briggs, Judges being taken for a spin in Clonakilty's new Rick-shaw by Tommy O'Donovan, O'Donovans Hotel, Clonakilty, members of Tidy Towns Committee watch on

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurly congratulated the five Cork towns nominated by Cork County Council for the 2017 IPB Pride of Place Competition, in association with Co-Operation Ireland.

The nominations are:-

  1. Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge Community Council Ltd, population between 300 and 1,000.
  2. Carrigtwohill Community Council, population between 2,000 and 5,000.
  3. Clonakilty, population greater than 5,000.
  4. Foresthall, Mitchelstown Community Council Ltd, Community Based Youth Initiative
  5. Whiddy Island, Islands & Coastal Communities.

The Pride of Place competition, now in its fifteenth year, has enjoyed tremendous success and continues to grow in popularity. The competition acknowledges the great work carried out by communities all over the island of Ireland. It also recognises the work undertaken to create viable, vibrant and visible communities while giving local authorities the opportunity to participate in the heart of their communities and contribute to their growth. 

Judging took place over the course of 3 days, from Monday 14th August to Wednesday 16th August, in each of the locations for between 2 and 3 hours. 

Mayor Hurley acknowledged the achievements of each community “As always, Cork County Council is very proud to support our local communities. Each of the nominees showed great commitment to their respective communities. I would like to wish Clonakilty, Carrigtwohill, Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge, Mitchelstown and Whiddy Island the very best of luck from myself and from the people of Cork.”


  1. Nomination well deserved ! When we visited West Cork in June we attended the music festival and my 86 year old mother had a fall, we were overwhelmed with the assistance and care from the Red Cross and locals who came running over to help her. Within minutes they bought a chair and some water and called the Red Cross attendants to help her. Fortunately she made a good recovery with just a few bruises! But we are very grateful for all the help – the Clonakilty folk are great and deserve to win this award.