Ballina Pride of Place Steering Group took top prize in the annual IPB All-Island Pride of Place Awards announced at the gala ceremony in The Venue, Derry, on Saturday.
The Ballina group received their award in Category 5 which is for a population size of more than 2000 people.
Speaking about Ballina Pride of Place Steering Group, the judges commented, “The impression they were left with on their visit to this town was of a community living in harmony.
“Every aspect of community life was demonstrated to the judges and there was compelling evidence of involvement by the whole community in a huge range of activities. The presentations were superb and nothing was left out.
“The river Moy plays a huge part in the lives of the people and the community use it to its full advantage. The demonstration of the various cultures on the day and widespread community and agency support auger very well for the future.”
Minister Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, joined deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA, Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly Derry City Council, Co-operation Ireland Chairman Christopher Moran, Pride of Place Committee Chairman Tom Dowling and Chairman of IPB George Jones, sponsors of the event to present the group with their award.
The All-Island Pride of Place Competition recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area.
It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban, regeneration including, promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.
The Competition is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with the Pride of Place Steering Committee and it is sponsored by IPB.