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2016 Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards

The Lord Mayor Brendan Carr tonight announced the winners of the Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards 2016.  The winners were presented with a special certificate and prize fund at a ceremony in the Mezzanine Suite, Croke Park, Dublin 3, at 7pm.

Acknowledging the many hours of voluntary work put in by people in communities all over Dublin City to improve their local area, Courtlands Residents Association, Drumcondra, were this year’s overall winners receiving a prize fund of €3,200. The Association began with the transformation of the green area at the entrance to their estate into a beautifully landscaped garden. They then went on to transform all the green areas in the Courtlands Estate where residents can now come and sit and enjoy these idyllic spaces. An image of the entrance to the Courtlands Estate is available at http://bit.ly/Courtlands .

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr 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 and enjoy.  These volunteers work tirelessly and relentlessly year after year and tonight is our way of congratulating them and thanking them on a job well done.”

John and Kay O’Rourke of Rialto Cottages, Dublin 8 received the runner-up prize for making a street garden for the local community with particular emphasis on children.  The husband and wife team created a ‘Fairy Garden’, turning a small space into a very popular area for all the local children to enjoy.  The addition of tables and chairs provides a perfect environment for neighbours to sit and chat on bright summer evenings among the beautiful pots, planters and containers.

WALK (Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Ltd.) is a charity providing services to people with intellectual disabilities in Walkinstown and the surrounding areas.  Supported by Dublin City Council the charity has renovated a number of derelict buildings in Walkinstown Green which now house a number of social enterprises including The Green Kitchen Café and The Green Garden Centre. A multi-purpose training room plays host to a wide range of community activities including yoga classes, mother and baby groups etc. WALK received the overall prize in the Business Category.

Bernie Lillis, Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards Organiser with Dublin City Council said “The annual awards are all about acknowledging in a meaningful manner 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 18 different categories is an outstanding achievement.  Well done to all but particularly to Courtlands Residents Association”.

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