Mayo Abbey Community Council has won an Irish Rural Link annual award which celebrates the work of community and voluntary organisations throughout Ireland.
The 8th annual awards were formally presented to representatives of the winning organisation by Billy Murphy, Chairperson of IRL, at the Irish Rural Link annual general meeting lunch, in Moate Co. Westmeath, on 17th June.
Mayo Abbey Community Council won the top award for their role in developing services which enhance the lives of those living in their community since 1993.
Seamus Boland, CEO of Irish Rural Link, congratulated the winners saying that their dedication their community has been consistent over the years and that the work of volunteers and communities must not be taken for granted in terms of their social and economic contribution to rural communities.
Billy Murphy Chairperson of Irish Rural Link, said that the winners proved that community organisations have since before the advent of the Celtic Tiger years, known how to “do more with less” and managed to make a valuable contribution to their communities, often on a voluntary basis.
About Irish Rural Link
Irish Rural Link is the national network representing rural communities. Irish Rural Link represents the interests of community groups in disadvantaged and marginalised rural areas by highlighting problems, advocating appropriate policies and sharing experiences and examples of good practice.