Ballina is Pride of Place winner!

BallinaMayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has expressed his satisfaction that Ballina has been crowned the winner of the 2013 Pride of Place for Towns with a population over 2,000.

The announcement was made a gala function in Derry on Saturday night last.

“The Pride of Place Award is a much sought after accolade for towns, villages and communities throughout the country.

The fact alone that villages and towns must be nominated for inclusion in the competition by their respective Local Authorities is a vote of confidence in those competing towns and I am absolutely thrilled that our town, Ballina, has been awarded this prestigious title,” said Deputy Calleary.

“The competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong, and Ballina’s wonderful Pride of Place Committee did excellent work in portraying this fact to the adjudicators when they visited in August.”

“The adjudicators spoke about our town in glowing terms on Saturday night and I hope that the people of the town and surrounding areas feel equally proud as I do this morning.

The adjudicators said, ‘Ballina is the capital of North Mayo and it lies at the mouth of the River Moy near Killala Bay.  The town has many community groups and organisations that run a variety of events during the year:

Every aspect of community life is represented here, and it’s clear that the whole community is involved in a wide range of activities. The river plays a huge part in the lives of the people of Ballina, and it is used to its full advantage.  The inclusion of the multiple cultures and widespread community support auger very well for this town’s future.’

“I am thrilled for everyone involved in Ballina Pride of Place 2013 that the hard work and dedication to the project has been rewarded. I sincerely congratulate the committee and the people of Ballina on achieving their goal and I look forward to this being a catalyst for bigger and better things for our town,” concluded Deputy Calleary.

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