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National Impact – Leitrim County Council in conjunction with Comhairle na nÓg Liatrioma has won a national award for the All Ireland Community & Council Awards 2019, Presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA

Leitrim Win National Impact Award, LAMA IPB
L-R: Cllr Sean McGowan, Cathlaoirleach Leitrim County Council; Cllr PJ Reilly, Longford County Council; Joe Dolan, Father of Andrew Dolan; Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA; Lar Power Chief Executive Leitrim County Council


The All-Ireland finalists for the 2019 Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) represented their counties in Croke Park on Saturday 9th February 2019. For thirteen years these awards have grown in popularity nationwide, celebrating communities and councils working together and for the second time the event was held in Croke Park for the All Ireland final and was aptly hosted by RTÉ’s national treasure, sports commentator, Marty Morrissey.


It was an extraordinary year for entries with over 150 nominations received! Following an in-depth judging process over 100 projects nationwide from 22 counties were shortlisted across 25 categories.


National Impact Award

Leitrim County Council in conjunction with Comhairle na Nóg Liatrioma won the National Impact Award with ‘Use Your Brain Not Your Fist’.  This category recognises a project which has had a positive effect upon the nation as a whole, enhancing the environment, cultural or social activities, transport links or the economic stability or growth of the local and national communities who use it.  This is an initiative by young people for young people, reflecting the dire consequences of momentary senseless madness, more often than not as a result of alcohol and or substance abuse. The content is powerful and thought-provoking and has been inspired and motivated by the death of Andrew Dolan from Carrick on Shannon and the catastrophic injuries suffered by Shane Grogan from Tuam, following senseless and unprovoked attacks.’


Cllr Mags Murray Chairperson of the LAMA Executive commented;

The Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA are a great opportunity to highlight and acknowledge excellent projects and initiatives at local, county and national level. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.


Cllr Sean McGowan, Cathaoirleach, Leitrim County Council stated ‘It is wonderful to see the recognition given to Comhairle na nÓg and the young people of Leitrim for this excellent project.  The video is very powerful due to the heartbreaking contributions of the Dolan and Grogan family and I hope that this video will be taken up by the Dept of Education and shown to all secondary school children throughout Ireland’.


For more information and the full list of winners see below…

2019 Winners


Best Arts/Culture Initiative (incl. Festival & Events)

Winner                                              Kenmare Halloween Howl (Kerry Co.Council)

Silver Award                                                Summer in Bray (Wicklow Co. Council)


Best Business Working with the Community

Sponsored by An Post

Winner                                              The Urban Co-op (Limerick City & Co. Council)

Silver Award                                   Ray of Sunshine After School Services (Wicklow Co.Services)


Best Community Based Initiative

Winner                                              The Best Years of Our Lives Have Yet to Come’ (Cavan Co. Council)

Silver  Award                                   Athboy HUB (Meath Co. Council)


Best Community Health Initiative

Sponsored by Healthy Ireland

Winner                                      MEDEX Programme (South Dublin Co. Council)

Silver Award                             We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Limerick (Limerick City & Co.  Council)


Best Community Sports Team/Club

Winner                                      Westport Leisure Park Running Club (Mayo County Council)


Best Connected Council (Communication & Digital Marketing)

Winner                                       mydoorstep.ie(South Dublin County Council)


Best CSR Community Programme

Winner                                      Intel Biodiversity and Sustainable Communities (Kildare Co. Council)


Best Disability Access & Inclusion Initiative

Winner                                              Sports Unit, Louth Co. Council Sports Inclusion Disability Programme

Silver Award                                    The Mall Shared Space (Kerry County Council)


Best Education/Training Initiative

Winner                                         KWETB – Riverwalk Cafe – Culinary Entrepreneurship (Wicklow Co. Council)


Best Education Building

Winner                                              ColáisteDún an Rí,Kingscourt (Cavan Co. Council)

Silver Award                                      Midleton Educate Together National School (Cork Co. Council)



Best Energy Smart Initiative

Winner                                  Fingal Co. Council Installs Electric Vehicle Charging on the Public Street Lighting System


Best Environmental/Ecological Project/Initiative

Winner                                      The Derryvalley Catchment Project (Monaghan County Council)

Silver Award                              Circular Ocean (Cork Co. Council)


Best Heritage Project

Winner                           Athenry Town Walls Conservation, Management & Interpretation Project (Galway Co. Council)

Silver Award                                                The Norman Way (Wexford Co. Council)


Best Local Authority Innovation for Attracting Inward Investment

Winner                                              Economic Infrastructure – Innovation Hubs (Kerry County Council)


Best Public Park

Winner                                              St. Catherine’s Park, Dublin 15 (Fingal Co. Council)


Best Social Housing Initiative

Sponsored by GeoDirectory

Winner                                  Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance, BailenaLaochra Cooperative Affordable Housing (Dublin City Co.)

Silver Award                         The Tubber Hill Housing Scheme and Master Plan, A piece of Urbanism – An Alternative to 9 bungalows (Mayo Co. Council)


Best Tourism Initiative

Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland

Winner                                              South and West Sligo Tourism (Sligo Co. Council)

Silver Award                                                Bray Air Display (Wicklow Co. Council)


Best Waste Management Programme

Sponsored by Repak

Winner                                              www.repairmystuff.ie(Monaghan County Council)

Silver Award                                                Zero Waste (Tipperary County Council)


Community Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by Repak

Winner                                              Larry Magnier (Louth Co. Council)

Silver Award                                      Mindszenty Finnegan (Monaghan Co. Council)


Emergency Response Team of the Year

Winner                                          Irish Community Rapid Response (Cork Co. Council)


Special Recognition Award (Individual)

Winner                                              Denis Heffernan (Tipperary Co. Council)


Special Recognition Award (Group)

Winner                                          Donegal Co. Council’s Flood Response at Inishowen, August 2017



National Impact Award

Winner                                          ‘Use Your Brain Not Your Fist’ (Leitrim Co. Council)


Best Social Enterprise of the Year

Sponsored by Social Innovation Fund

Winner                                              MyMind (Dublin City Council)


Council of the Year

Sponsored by IPB Insurance

Winner                                              Limerick City & Co. Council


Grand Prix Award

Sponsored by IPB Insurance

Winner                                      Sports Unit, Louth Co.Council, Sports Inclusion Disability Programme (Louth Co. Council)





LAMA  is the Local Authority Members association. They work in the best interests of its members at all times and as an organisation promotes the interest of local authority members and is involved in a number of initiatives throughout the calendar year.


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As a wholly owned  and managed general insurance company, IPB Insurance is proud to be the leading insurer in protecting local communities across the length and breadth of Ireland. We serve local authorities and national government bodies as well as underwriting risk for private commercial business, expert representative bodies and associations. In so doing we pride ourselves in serving and protecting those who in turn serve and protect the Irish public.



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