North Central cleans up at the City Neighbourhood Finals

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Over the past 5 years the City Neighbourhood competition has evolved and this year brought both new entrants and challenges. For the first time, North Central won the coveted overall winners’ prize.  This exceptional honour was awarded to Ard Na Gréine Residents’ Association, who also won the ‘Best Residential 300+’ category.  A posthumous award was presented to Seán Connolly for his outstanding contribution to the association and his community. Raheny Business Association claimed 1st prize in the ‘Best Shopping Street’ category for their contribution to the Howth Road.

Woodlawn Residents’ Association (‘Best Residential 151-300’), Rosevale Court Senior Citizens Complex (‘Best Senior Citizen Accommodation’) and Raheny Business Association (‘Best Urban Village’) all achieved second place in their respective categories.

St. Paul’s Catholic Church and St. Paul’s Junior National School also won, with the church getting third place in the ‘Best Community Environment Initiative’ and the school being awarded a certificate and a specially-commissioned picture in recognition for their environmental project.

Lord Mayor Eibhlin Byrne said at the competition, “The greatness of our city lies in the contribution made by people in communities all across Dublin.   They are Dublin’s true heroes”. This year’s competition was enriched by the diversity of its entrants.  With new competitors, including the first ever entry from the Traveller Community, Cara Park this year, it is hoped that others will be inspired not only by the success of our winners but by the participation of the many others who also dared to make a difference.

Area Manager, Celine Reilly and the staff of Dublin City Council’s North Central Area office would like to heartily congratulate all our winners and participants in the City Neighbourhoods Competition.