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Excitement builds in Ballinakill ahead of Pride of Place Awards Judging Day

Ballinakill Pride of Place

This year County Laois will be represented in the 2022 IPB All Island Pride of Place Competition by Ballinakill.

The Competition gives communities across Ireland the opportunity to display how proud they are to live in, work in and take care of their own local areas.

Now in its 20th year, it is sponsored by IPB Insurances and hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme and entries are nominated by their respective local authorities.

The aim of the Pride of Place competition is to recognise initiatives taken by local communities, to create pride in their area and to celebrate the vital contribution that community groups make to society.

The competition focuses on people coming together to shape, enhance and enjoy all that is good about their area.

Ballinakill has a rich heritage and a great natural beauty. Its unique ‘Toll Trees’, Market Square, 1798 Monument, Ballinakill Castle and Heywood Estate & Gardens are some of the landmarks, which frame its history and tell its story.

The natural beauty of the area provides a backdrop for several outdoor activities- heritage walks, cycle routes & fishing or a simple stroll through the woods to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that it offers.

Ballinakill has a variety of voluntary organisations and businesses and is a vibrant, growing community whose members are committed to maximising its beauty, history, facilities and the talents of its people, for the benefit of all.

Pride of Place comes to Laois, when the judges from Co-operation Ireland visit the above locations and groups on Friday September 16.

If you or your group wish to get involved in the preparation for the judging at any of these locations, you can contact the Pride of Place Liaison Officer on (057) 8664060 or email popawards@laoiscoco.ie.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.