Bloom HQ, a community and economic hub located in the Old Convent in Mountrath, are celebrating their prize of Special Winner in the Creative Place Initiative category at the IPB Insurance Pride of Place Awards held at the weekend.
The award was received by Martin Meade, Eddie Phelan, Andrea Deering, Samantha Hayes, Joey Hearns, Ed Dunne and Gina Reidy.
The community of Mountrath clearly impressed the judges and demonstrated how Mountrath Community Forum have transformed the Old Convent in Mountrath into a vibrant community and economic hub.
Cohesive Community effort transformed an 1809 dis-used convent, renovated by locals, into an expressive, colourful, high tech workspace.
Imaginative planning created work, training, wellness and community facilities on site and the symbiotic relationship between them breeds long term sustainability.
Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Community Sector’ the Pride of Place awards are an annual competition organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance.
It promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.
This Community Group is to be commended for continuing to work together to increase people’s pride in where they live and in turn help to build the vibrant community we see in Mountrath.
The Gala Awards Ceremony was attended by Chief Executive of Laois County Council John Mulholland; the Cathaoirleach was represented on the night by Cllr. James Kelly, Carmel McNicholl SEO Laois County Council and representatives from Mountrath Community Forum.