Lotto award for Cox’s ‘Project’

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

THE Cox’s De­mense Youth & Com­mu­nity Project and Cairde na Cruite in Ter­mon­feckin have beaten stiff com­pe­ti­tion to be an­nounced as East Re­gion win­ners and fi­nal­ists in the first ever Na­tional Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The Awards are aimed at hon­our­ing the in­spir­ing work and achieve­ments of thou­sands of projects, clubs and in­di­vid­u­als all over Ire­land with the help of Good Causes fund­ing. Nearly 30 cent in ev­ery euro spent on Na­tional Lottery games goes back to good causes.

The Louth groups have come out tops in the East Re­gion in the Arts & Cul­ture and Youth cat­e­gories, and now pro­ceed to the awards fi­nals. The win­ners will be an­nounced at a tele­vised Gala Awards Din­ner in Dublin on Novem­ber 3rd.

A to­tal of 36 groups from all over Ire­land go for­ward to the fi­nal in six cat­e­gories – sport, health and well­be­ing; arts and cul­ture; her­itage; com­mu­nity and youth.

Each na­tional cat­e­gory win­ner will re­ceive €10,000 while the over­all Good Cause of the Year will get an­other €25,000 on top of this.

The Dun­dalk based Cox’s Demesne Youth and Com­mu­nity Project pro­vides a space for young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who may be ex­cluded from all main­stream pro­grammes, projects, and clubs.

Good Causes fund­ing from the Na­tional Lottery has helped has as­sisted the Project in de­vel­op­ing drug aware­ness and equal­ity pro­grammes, so­cial ed­u­ca­tion and lead­er­ship train­ing.

Mean­while Cairde na Cruite pro­motes the re­vival of the Ir­ish Harp, some­thing which has been a strong Ir­ish tra­di­tion for over 1,000 years. Good Causes fund­ing has helped grow the an­nual harp sum­mer school, An Chúirt Chruitireachta, which now hosts in­ter­na­tional harpers and tra­di­tional mu­si­cians.

Na­tional Lottery CEO, Der­mot Grif­fin, con­grat­u­lated the Louth win­ners on com­ing through the Re­gional stage of the com­pe­ti­tion and wished them luck for the fi­nals.

He said: ‘ We were over­whelmed at the level of en­tries we re­ceived for our first Na­tional Lottery Good Causes Awards. We had over 500 ap­pli­ca­tions from ev­ery county in Ire­land in all cat­e­gories. Through these awards we want to show how peo­ple, or­gan­i­sa­tions, projects and sports clubs are do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things in their com­mu­ni­ties. This is work that of­ten goes un­rec­og­nized.’

Chair of the judg­ing panel, busi­ness­man and broad­caster Bobby Kerr, said: ‘I have been blown away by the stan­dard of the en­tries for these very im­por­tant awards. As some­body who trav­els reg­u­larly all over Ire­land for my work.

I am aware of the im­pact of Na­tional Lottery Good Causes fund­ing. It has been an hon­our to have learned about the in­spir­ing work that is go­ing on around Ire­land through the judg­ing process.’

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