Two Roscommon groups received Awards at the IPB Insurance Pride of Place Awards which took place at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Saturday night.
Trinity Arts Project, Castlerea and Castlerea Community Arts Group won the “Fifth Special Award for their work in restoring the old Holy Trinity Church in the town and transforming it into a multi-functioning facility. It now includes a Main Hall with seating for 200+, two meeting rooms and a kitchenette. The Church is steeped in history. Dr Douglas Hyde was baptised there and Sir William Wilde, father of Oscar, served as rector at the church in the mid 19th century.
Meanwhile, Roscommon Solstice Choir won the Runner-up Award in the Main “Community Reaching Out” category, which was won by The Integration and Support Unit, Waterford. Initially the Choir was established to perform three concerts in June 2013 and then disband. However, due to the success of the initial concerts it was decided to set the choir on a permanent basis.
The IPB Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland. The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities. You can find out more about all the Award winners here.