The winners of the Pride of Place awards, known affectionately as the ‘Community Oscars’, were announced at a special gala event in Belfast Waterfront Hall on Saturday night and Dominic’s Community Centre, Tallaght won the top award in the Urban Neighbourhoods category.
Now in its 14th year, the all-island Pride of Place Awards promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.
This year, a broad spectrum of groups were nominated, ranging from small rural communities to inner city housing estates.
Remarking on Dominic’s Community Centre the judges said this winning entry is a community centre which opened recently and serves the needs of the local population. They said:
“This centre caters for the inter-generational needs of the area with a strong emphasis on pre-school and after schools programmes and a wide range of activities for its active age groups including computer classes, photography, men’s choir, table quizzes and craft classes etc.
“The commitment and enthusiasm of the centre staff plus a positive attitude and sense of community and friendship is evident in a professionally managed resource centre.”
The Pride of Place Awards are divided into three awards sections – the main, the cities and the special awards and during the evening a total of 53 awards were announced by TV personality Claire McCollum.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Belfast City Council, with the Belfast School of Music, Streetwise Community Circus, Belfast Community Gospel Choir and The James Peak Experience providing the entertainment.
Belfast Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston, who presented some of the awards, said:
“We were honoured to host this prestigious ceremony and to welcome friends and colleagues from across the island of Ireland to Belfast to celebrate the important work being done, much of it by dedicated volunteers, to improve quality of life in our cities, towns and villages and to create vibrant, supportive communities.
“I’d like to offer my congratulations to all the Pride of Place winners and nominees alike – you’re truly inspirational people and set a great example for others to follow.”