Bunclody was honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (17 November 2018).
The town took first place in the Main Competition Population category 2,000 - 5,000, beating Maghaberry, County Antrim and Thomastown, County Kilkenny to the title.
Bunclody, like every community that entered the competition, was visited by the IPB Pride of Place judging panels over the Summer.
The judges said: "This town has a strong partnership approach between community and sporting organisations, businesses, voluntary bodies and the local councils of two counties, with an excellent town team. The inclusion of all diverse groupings of residents is very obvious and judges were impressed with their visit to the excellent day-care facility, community tourist office and the fantastic traveller project."
Representatives from Bunclody joined with 800 community activists from across the country at the awards which are operated in association with peace building charity Co-operation Ireland.
The Pride of Place awards, described as the ‘Oscars of the Community Sector’, celebrates the often unsung work of community groups that selflessly work to make local neighbourhoods a better place to live in, work in or visit.
Organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place awards sees the country’s local authorities, on both sides of the border, nominate outstanding projects that contribute to civic pride.
Congratulations to Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Bunclody Town Team and all the people of Bunclody who worked so hard to achieve this well-deserved success.
Photo – L to R – Michael Sweeney Wexford Co Co; Cllr. Anthony Donohoe; Una Murphy Bunclody Tourist Office; Liz Hore Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager; Cllr. Kathleen Codd Nolan; Peter Sheridan CE Co-operation Ireland; Theresa Harte – Bunclody Town Team; Joe O’Reilly Bunclody Town Team; George Jones Chairman of IPB; Tom Dowling Chairperson of Pride of Place.
For more information visit www.prideofplace.ie.