Major heritage honour for Malahide Castle
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FINGAL has scooped a major honour at the annual All-ireland Community and Council Awaards.
Malahide Castle & Gardens won the award for Best Heritage Project, which were presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA (Local Authority Members Association).
There was other good news for Malahide Castle and Gardens this week when they also won an award from CIE Tours for customer service excellence in 2017.
The Castle and Courtyard has recently undergone major repair and conservation work and the visitor experience and facilities were greatly enhanced in keeping with the demesne’s heritage importance.
The Courtyard buildings include a visitor centre, shopping and a cafe that leads out to the Walled Botanical Gardens and pathway to the Castle. The Talbot Botanic Gardens is a centre of horticultural excellence and is one of the top three Botanic Gardens in the country.
The garden, woodland and landscape of the Demesne is maintained by the Operations Department of Fingal County Council and welcomed over 140 thousand visitors in 2016 and was awarded a Green Flag in 2017.
The Castle and 265 acre Demesne provides a space where visitors can stroll at their leisure
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through the wonderful gardens, and also plays host to many large events such as concerts by international artists, international Test Cricket, or the very popular weekly parkrun.
Malahide Castle and Gardens will continue to grow with opportunities to deliver initiatives and projects that capture the enthusiasm and engagement of the local and national community and to attract the international market to enjoy and experience.
Speaking about the award, Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: ‘I am delighted to congratulate all Fingal County Council staff involved in this project and very proud of the work they do, recognised by this well-deserved award.
‘Fingal County Council will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to develop Malahide Castle and Gardens as a world class visitor experience.’
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mary Mccamley said: ‘I am delighted to see Malahide Castle & Gardens recognised with this award. This is a wonderful facility for both visitors and the local community who use it, whether it be walkers and runners or the Scouts or Tennis or Cricket club, or the many people who enjoy the gardens or attend events at the Castle, or learn about its history on a tour.’
For 12 years these awards have grown in popularity nationwide, celebrating communities and councils working together but for the first time the event moved to Croke Park for the All Ireland final and was aptly hosted by RTÉ’S national treasure, sports commentator, Marty Morrissey.
The awards celebrate community and councils working together.
They provide a great opportunity to highlight the work done within our communities, to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they’ve made to our lives as well as acknowledge achievements from local Community and County Councils, partnerships and projects that enhance our everyday lives.
Council of the Year, sponsored by IPB Insurance, went to Mayo County Council while the National Gallery of Ireland was recognised with the National Impact Award for the refurbishment of the Historical Wings as well as also scooping the award for Best Public Building, sponsored by Geodirectory.
Cork County Council’s Centenary Commemorations were crowned the Best Community Based Initiative while Cork City Council were awarded Best Energy Smart Initiative, sponsored by Eirgrid for Phase One of the Housing Fabric Upgrade Program.
George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance, said: ‘IPB is once again pleased to be associated with the Community and Council Awards. These awards serve as a showcase of what can be achieved when communities and councils work together.
‘I would like to congratulate the winning projects and everybody shortlisted tonight on your achievements.;
Cllr Mags Murray Chairperson of the LAMA Executive commented:’the Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA are a great opportunity to highlight and acknowledge excellent projects and initiatives at local, county and national level. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.’
Pictured Team of Malahide Castle winners of Best Heritage Project with Cllr Sean Conlon, LAMA Representative from Monaghan County Council, Cllr Mary Mccamley Mayor of Fingal, with Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA Executive.