Blayney Blades a Castleblayney Women’s Group set up to tackle loneliness was honoured at the annual Pride of Place community awards on Friday evening in Armagh City Hotel, November 10, 2023. Blayney Blades triumphed in the ‘Creative Place Initiative’ category, with judges praising the impact they were having on the community.
The project, the subject of nomination to the Pride of Place competition, is to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst women in this town. The judges heard of the very positive impact being part of this group has had on the members lives.
“There are many activities and a wide-ranging programme, but what shines through is the rapport, happiness and enthusiasm of the women as they report their life affirming experiences.”
Also at the event were Clones Town Team who were nominated but didn’t win on the night.
The awards, hosted by UTV’s Pamela Ballentine, took place in front of 400 community volunteers from across the island. The awards were delivered in partnership with Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council.
Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 21 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.
President Michael D. Higgins, Joint Patron of Co-operation Ireland, said the awards played an important role.
“The Pride of Place awards are a most important initiative, reminding us that creating societies that are ethical and inclusive is a task for all of our citizens, of all ages and circumstances.”
“By supporting these awards, we not only celebrate the remarkable individuals and groups who go above and beyond for their communities but also aim to inspire others to join in this noble pursuit of creating better, more liveable places for all.”