Kinsale bids for enterprising award
Kinsale is one of a number of Cork locations making a determined bid to win a national competition to find the country’s most enterprising town.
Cork city and Ballyvolane along with Mitchelstown are also in contention, in separate categories, for the Bank of Ireland National Enterprising Town 2017.
Categories will include regional runner-up, regional winner, city award, merit awards, national category winners and the overall national winner.
With a total prize fund of €110,000, over 30 cash prizes will be awarded to various winners.
The overall winning town, city village or urban area will be awarded total prize money of €23,000 and a trophy.
A total of 78 entries from 31 local authority are seeking the title.
The judging panel, meanwhile, will visit Kinsale on Tuesday next, September 12 from 9am to 12pm.
Competing centres will also give a 30-minute presentation.
In Kinsale, chairman of the Chamber of Tourism and Business, Ciarán Fitzgerald is extra busy leading the harbour town’s campaign.
The chamber group along with Cork Co Council will make a presentation, followed by a question and answer session.
The guests will walk to the Temperance Hall where Kinsale will showcase community projects, before visiting a few Kinsale businesses. Should time permit, all will end up in Philip Grey Gallery to hear about some other projects and arts/cultural activities.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.
The judges will consider a range of factors which demonstrate enterprising spirit and success, including the general concept of an Enterprising Town – local enterprise initiatives, business groups, innovations in the community and social enterprises.
Ciarán Fitzgerald: chairman of the Chamber of Tourism and Business in Kinsale.