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Tallaght recognised as Enterprising Town at national awards ceremony

Colm Ward & Amanda Mills (LEO South Dublin), John Kearns (Social & Local Alliance / Partas) & Neil O’Reilly (Bank of Ireland)

The initiative and efforts shown by a range of local businesses, community groups and enterprise support agencies here in Tallaght, and Rathcoole, were recognised at a national awards ceremony last week.

Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprising Town Awards aims to assist in the promotion of enterprise across the country by bringing business and community groups together to showcase to a panel of judges, the spirit of enterprise in their local area.

Dick Butler, Rathcoole Community Council, accepts the award for Most Enterprising Town in Dublin with a population of 3,001 to 7,000 on behalf of Rathcoole.

Judges visited Tallaght and Rathcoole on 4th October and were obviously impressed by the nature of the collaboration and innovation in both towns.

At the awards ceremony in the Tullamore Court Hotel on the evening of 15th November, Tallaght was awarded 1st runner-up in the 7,000 plus population category for the Dublin Region with the Social & Local Alliance receiving €2,000 in funding.

John Kearns from Social & Local Alliance and Partas in Tallaght Village accepted the prize on behalf of Tallaght.

Meanwhile, Rathcoole won the Most Enterprising Town in Dublin for the 3,001 – 7,000 population category with Rathcoole Community Council taking home a crystal trophy and €3,000 in funding for the village with Dick Butler from Rathcoole Community Centre accepting the prize on behalf of the village with Cllr. Emer Higgins, Paul Campbell from Family Separation Services in Rathcoole and Joanne Kelly from Bank of Ireland all representing the village at the event as well.

Both the Tallaght and Rathcoole applications were supported and co-ordinated by Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Dublin  and Colm Ward, Head of Enterprise, with Local Enterprise Office South Dublin, said:

“These awards recognise the fabulous spirit and initiative in both Rathcoole and Tallaght.

“The judges were genuinely impressed with the stories and initiatives that they heard from local businesses and community representatives when they visited both places.

“For both entrants from South Dublin to achieve this recognition is both rewarding for their hard work to date and very inspiring for the future of local enterprises in the County.”