Dublin City Council Wins Award
For Its 1916 Commemorations
Dublin City Council is delighted to have won the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards for its 1916 commemorations programme Dublin Remembers 1916-2016: Is Cuimhin Linn.
Speaking after the announcement of the Award Lord Mayor Brendan Carr congratulated staff in all parts of the Council who contributed to the programme:
‘Dublin City Council made a significant contribution to the 1916 commemorations and I want to congratulate all the staff involved: our libraries & archives; the Events section; the Dublin Fire Brigade; Media Relations & Marketing Environment & Transport; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Parks; the UNESCO City of Literature Office; the Arts Office; Richmond Barracks; Planning, the Heritage Office; City Hall, and the Area Offices and Community and Social development. All contributed to this extraordinary and award-winning project and made the centenary year of the 1916 Rising in the capital such a memorable one.’
The Lord Mayor also acknowledged the key role played by City Councillors through the Commemorations Committee, chaired by Cllr Vincent Jackson; the Commemorative Naming Committee, chaired by Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha, and the five area committees.
Reacting to the Award Cllr Jackson highlighted the role of local communities, remarking:
‘I am delighted that the Council was able to support over 200 community organisations and schools to celebrate history, awarding c. €200,000 through our community grants scheme. The grants helped people throughout the City remember 1916 in their own areas in their own way.’
City Council staff worked closed with the national Ireland 2016 office, whose Director John Concannon also congratulated the Dublin City team:
‘I would like to commend all the team at Dublin City Council who have made such a powerful contribution to this year’s Centenary Commemorations. The vision and care with which they created and delivered one of the most significant programmes of the year has rightly been hailed as one of the most important and successful initiatives of our centenary programme. Our congratulations to them on winning this very special award.’
A short video showing highlights of Dublin Remembers 1916-2016: Is Cuimhin Linn may be seen on the Council’s website at dublincity.ie/decadeofcommemorations.
Declan Wallace, City Council Assistant Chief Executive said the Council will continue to mark the various events covered by the Decade of Commemorations, remarking:
‘Money has been allocated in 2017 to build further on the success and I look forward to even greater imagination inspiration and innovation in the coming year.’
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
The 2016 Excellence in Local Government Awards ceremony and Gala dinner took place on 24th November 2016. The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised. The Awards are judged by a panel of expert judges working in the field of Local Government and have been taking place since 2004. More information and photographs are available at http://www.chambers.ie/events/excellence-in-local-government-awards/