Pride of Place Awards

Released: 12 November 2007

National success for Kerry project

The success of the Kerry Geopark project was recognised at national level on Saturday night, when it captured an award at the Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards.

Held in Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, the Pride of Place Awards recognises the vital contribution that local community groups make to society. Directed at recognising attempts by communities to create civic-pride in their area, the competition focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good in their area

And in capturing a Special Award for Heritage, Kerry Geopark Ltd. were honoured for developing geotourism in co-operation with local communities around the Sneem area.

Established in 2003, the aim of Kerry Geopark is to help people develop an understanding of both the environment and cultural heritage that exists around Sneem. The Geopark comprises an area bordered by Kenmare Bay, and extending inland to the mountains to the north of Tahilla, Sneem Castlecove, Caherdaniel and Valentia Island.

Features of the Geopark include the fossilised Tetrapod footprints at Valentia, to the copper mining in Castlecove, as well as the Skellig islands. The group were presented with a specially commissioned trophy, in the shape of a yew tree, to honour their achievements.

Kerry had two representatives at the Pride of Place Awards, with the Clochan-Breannain community group also shortlisted for an award. Both groups were winners at the Kerry Community Awards, and were selected by the Kerry Community & Voluntary Forum to represent Kerry in this 32 county event.

More than 500 people, representing the 100 nominated community groups, attended the awards ceremony in Mayo on Saturday night.

“The quality of work being carried out by groups within their own communities is a major success story,” Director of Community & Enterprise with Kerry County Council, John Breen explained.

“We were extremely happy with the standard of the Kerry entries, and for the Kerry Geopark to capture an award rewards the hard work they have put into the project.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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