Bless­ing­ton nom­i­nated for na­tional award

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BLESS­ING­TON has been nom­i­nated as County Wick­low’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Bank of Ire­land Na­tional En­ter­pris­ing Town Awards in the 3,001 to 7,000 pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory.

Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal District, in close con­junc­tion with Bless­ing­ton and District Fo­rum, was the lead group in for­mu­lat­ing the town’s ap­pli­ca­tion.

Al­though the ini­tial sub­mis­sion was re­stricted to 300 words, the group used th­ese words wisely to por­tray Bless­ing­ton in a pos­i­tive light and fo­cus on the tourism, re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity and other in­dus­tries which are a key com­po­nent of the town as well as out­lin­ing its achieve­ments and plans for the fu­ture.

The sub­mis­sion also ref­er­enced the many and var­ied fa­cil­i­ties, clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions which are thriv­ing in Bless­ing­ton and which clearly demon­strate the strong level of vol­un­teerism in the town.

One of the key features of the Bless­ing­ton and District Fo­rum, which rep­re­sents all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity, is the close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Mu­nic­i­pal District, busi­ness com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary groups on ini­tia­tives such as the Bank of Ire­land En­ter­prise Town Expo, ‘Paint the Town Red’ pro­mo­tion (in line with the Punchestown Fes­ti­val), the Christ­mas lights dis­play and the win­dow­box scheme to brighten up Bless­ing­ton. The fo­rum has fo­cussed on de­vel­op­ing its com­mu­nity to en­sure that Bless­ing­ton is a vi­brant hub for res­i­dents, busi­ness and recre­ation.

Cllr Vin­cent Blake, Cathaoir­leach of Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal District, has ac­knowl­edged the hard work of the com­mit­tee and said the nom­i­na­tion was great for the west Wick­low town.

‘It is a great hon­our for the peo­ple of Bless­ing­ton to be cho­sen to rep­re­sent County Wick­low on a na­tional stage and it is im­por­tant that the com­mu­nity now work to­gether to pro­mote the town of Bless­ing­ton,’ said Cllr Blake.

The next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion will see three judges visit Bless­ing­ton be­fore Oc­to­ber 13, dur­ing which they will meet with the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, re­ceive a pre­sen­ta­tion high­light­ing the pos­i­tive at­tributes of the area, visit lo­cal busi­nesses or other ini­tia­tives that the com­mit­tee wish to demon­strate and meet with mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

There is a sig­nif­i­cant prize fund at­tached to the com­pe­ti­tion, along with the ac­co­lade of be­ing suc­cess­ful in a com­pe­ti­tion on a na­tional ba­sis.

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