Clare wins Council of the Year at LAMA Awards 2020
Clare County Council scooped the top prize at the annual All-Ireland Community and Council Awards – LAMA Awards 2020, after being named Council of the Year
The Local Authority Members’ Association or LAMA Awards aims to highlight the amazing work carried out by a local authority in conjunction with groups, organisations and volunteers in the community as well as acknowledge the important contribution they make to our lives. The LAMA Awards 2020 chose to recognise the important work being carried out by Clare County Council by naming them this year’s winners.
In 2020, more than 185 entries were received across 25 categories. Following a rigorous judging process over 100 projects nationwide from 23 counties were shortlisted for the gala awards ceremony, which took place in Croke Park Stadium at the weekend.
Clare County Council was crowned the winner of Council of the Year in recognition of the range and depth of projects which the council is involved in with communities across the county.
Clare County Council also won three first place awards on the night:
- Best Educational Building for the New Third Level Campus for Limerick institute of Technology in Ennis, County Clare in collaboration with LIT,
- Best Social Housing Initiative for Feakle Social Housing Scheme and
- Emergency Response Person of the Year with Clare's Civil Defence - Volunteers supporting the Community.
Other Clare projects were recognised on the night:
- Clare Green Festival and Events Initiative in the Best Waste Management Programme category and
- The Vision Symphony in the Best Arts/Culture (incl. festivals & events) category both receiving 2nd place awards.
Deputy Cathaoirleach Clare Colleran Molloy said: "A massive well done to all those involved in the projects. Being chosen as Council of the Year shows the important work that is carried out in group’s right across communities in the county. It is important that the council listens to communities and builds up trust so that areas can be developed together. The Trojan work being carried out by all has been recognised on a national basis."
Pat Dowling Chief Executive of Clare County Council said: "A huge congratulations to all those involved. It was fantastic for Clare to be shortlisted for fifteen awards. Of course, it is truly wonderful to have been named Council of the Year. The win highlights and validates the hard work and dedication of staff that the council is doing in conjunction with communities across our county for the betterment of all."
The 2020 edition was the 14th running of the awards and was presented by IPB Insurance and Local Authority Members’ Association (LAMA)
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