Ma­jor her­itage hon­our for Malahide Cas­tle

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with Fer­gal Mad­dock | ed­i­to­rial@fin­gal-in­de­pen­dent.ie

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.

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