Blackrock has been chosen to represent Louth in this year’s Pride of Place competition in the “Island and Coastal Communities” category. Blackrock has a long association with the sea as an amenity and as a resource. Community spirit is very much alive in Blackrock which is the current holder of the title of “Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town” in the National Tidy Towns competition. It is also a Gold Medal winner and is the Tidiest Town in the Midlands and East Region. The Tidy Towns groups are the most visible example of the huge level of volunteerism which exits in Blackrock. Inclusion is also at the heart of the many local organisations which range from sporting, heritage, arts and environment, many of which are based at the Community Centre which has been in existence for over 30 years ago. The competition features communities from every city/town and county in the island of Ireland and is now the country’s most prestigious community event. “The competition is about showing respect and inclusion for every sector in our communities, young, old, rich or poor and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong”, according to Tom Dowling, former Meath County Manager and Chairman of the Pride of Place initiative. The competition which endeavours to showcase community spirit across the island of Ireland, is organised by Co-operation Ireland, in conjunction with IPB Insurance. The groups in Blackrock are extremely proud to be chosen to take part in the Pride of Place competition. Judging of the competition will take place virtually and concludes on 30th September. The Pride of Place virtual awards ceremony will take place on the 20th November.
For more information on Pride of Place please visit www.prideofplace.ie