Bun­clody hope­ful in bid for Pride of Place Award

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THE very best of Bun­clody was shown off to judges from the Na­tional Pride of Place Awards re­cently as the town aimed to scoop some sil­ver­ware in the pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion. Wex­ford County Coun­cil de­cided to en­ter the pic­turesque town at the foot of Mount Le­in­ster in the cat­e­gory for towns with a pop­u­la­tion over 2,000.

Hus­band and wife team Tom and Ali­son Dowl­ing were the judges on the day and the red car­pet was well and truly rolled out as they were treated to a re­cep­tion at The Art Bank which was at­tended by lo­cal coun­cil­lors Bar­bara Anne Mur­phy and Kath­leen Codd Nolan, Dis­trict Man­ager Liz Hore and Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices John Car­ley, all of whom were de­lighted to present all that is great in the town.

The judges got the chance to see work be­ing done by lo­cal char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups, take in some won­der­ful art­work at the Art Bank, see first hand the drive to pro­mote the town taken on by the tourist of­fice and sam­ple some tra­di­tional pro­duce at Bun­clody Market in the Market Square.

‘It was great to show off all that’s good in Bun­clody,’ said Cllr Mur­phy. ‘It was also great to be able to show the level of co-op­er­a­tion be­tween Wex­ford and Car­low County Coun­cils that ex­ists in the town. Pre­vi­ously, the bor­der was there and no­body crossed the line, but in re­cent years there has been greater co-op­er­a­tion be­tween both lo­cal au­thor­i­ties which is great.’

Cllr Mur­phy said that the judges seemed im­pressed by what the town had to of­fer and the win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will of­fi­cially be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in Cork City Hall on Novem­ber 17.

Back: Anne Marie Laf­fan (com­mu­nity depart­ment), Cllr. Kath­leen Codd-Nolan, Michael Sweeney (com­mu­nity depart­ment), John Car­ley 9di­rec­tor of ser­vices) and Liz Hore (area man­ager). Front: Tom Dowl­ing (judge), Cllr. Bar­bara Ann Mur­phy and Ali­son Dowl­ing (judge) at the Pride of Place in the Art Bank, Bun­clody.

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