Ballymun has been transformed 2017 Dublin City Neighbourhood Award winners announced

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha tonight announced the winners of the Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards 2017.  The winners were presented with a special certificate and prize fund at a ceremony in the Hogan Mezzanine Suite, Croke Park, Dublin 3.

Acknowledging the many hours of voluntary work put in by people in communities all over Dublin City to improve their local area, D11 Transformers, Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin 11, are this year’s overall winners receiving a prize fund of €3,200. The people who live in the ‘Courts’ in Poppintree Ballymun began by transforming one of the green areas in their estate into a beautifully landscaped space and then went on to transform all of the green areas in the Courts in Poppintree.

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said “Tonight we celebrate the dedication of so many people in our community who strive to make their local areas a better place for all to live in and enjoy.  These volunteers work tirelessly and relentlessly year after year and tonight is our way of congratulating them and thanking them for a job well done.”

An tArdmhéara added that “the D11 Transformers should be very proud of themselves.  This initiative started by planting a few flowers to make the place look nice and has grown and spread so much, that numerous environmental groups have now been set up in the area. These groups meet and work daily, maintaining, planting and cleaning the courts, laneways and green areas outside their houses that once were home to much anti social behaviour and dumping. The community spirit that these residents embody has a strength that has overcome much diversity.  That spirit energises and motivates them to take a continued interest in their community and to pass these skills onto their children, neighbours and friends.  Molaim gach duine agus gach grúpa a ghlac páirt chun áilleacht a chur ina gceantar agus chun comhphobal aitiúil agus comhphobal cathrach a chruthú.”

East Wall Men’s Shed Group, in Dublin 3 received the runner-up prize for their community garden at St. Joseph’s Church on East Wall Road.  The men have given the south garden a complete make-over and redesigned it to include tree sculptures.  The Men’s Shed group provide lots of activities including International Horticultural talks and events in conjunction with the local Primary School.

I love Terenure 2030 received the overall prize in the Business Category. This initiative was set up by a small group of local traders to motivate business and sell themselves as something special, a community based retail experience.  They asked the people of Terenure “What would you like to see changed?”  They responded and 12 projects were born. The Terenure community were very aware that Ireland would be under pressure in 2020 when EU targets require Ireland to generate 40% of its electricity from renewable sources so the Better Energy Community Project was born. This involved retrofit projects in a number of businesses and 20 privately owned houses in Terenure. The project was grant aided by the Sustainable Energy Authority. Further funding has ensured the continuation of the project in 2017 when it is hoped to reduce energy by 20% thereby reducing energy bills by €1,000 per year. 

Bernie Lillis, Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards Organiser with Dublin City Council said “The annual awards are all about acknowledging in a meaningful way the hundreds of hours of voluntary work done by people in communities all over Dublin City. It recognises the work put in by residents, businesses and schools in this city to create vibrant, visible and viable communities. To receive the overall winner prize in a competition with nearly 20 different categories is an outstanding achievement.  Well done to all but particularly to The D11 Transformers, East Wall Men’s Shed Group and I Love Terenure 2030 for their passion and commitment to their communities.”


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