Dun­leer de­clared Best En­ter­prise Town in Ire­land

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

DUN­LEER has been de­clared the na­tional win­ner of Best En­ter­prise Town in Ire­land in the small pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory. It also won the over­all award for the Le­in­ster re­gion.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted,” said Eu­gene Con­lon of the Dun­leer Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Group. The win­ners were an­nounced in the Lyrath Ho­tel, Kilkenny.

In Au­gust the judg­ing panel was taken on a tour of the vil­lage and saw what the com­mu­nity and busi­ness have achieved through work­ing to­gether.

He said the phi­los­o­phy through­out Dun­leer has been to get up and make things hap­pen.

“In a ra­dius of 1 km of Dun­leer there are close to 700 peo­ple em­ployed in many dif­fer­ent types of busi­nesses,” he said. “I think that mix­ture of busi­ness, com­mu­nity and peo­ple com­ing to­gether with a real be­lief that you can’t just wait for things to hap­pen - you ac­tu­ally have to make things hap­pen - has been the phi­los­o­phy and it is great to get recog­ni­tion at the awards.’

The three judges toured well known busi­nesses such as Lannleire Honey, Mcor Tech­nolo­gies, Sure­tank and Glen Dim­plex and also vis­ited com­mu­nity projects like the Men’s Shed and ex­pe­ri­enced the con­tri­bu­tion made to health and sport by the GAA and Team Car­rie.

Thomas McEvoy Head of En­ter­prise at Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Louth con­grat­u­lated Dun­leer and said “I’m thrilled for Dun­leer. Win­ning this pres­ti­gious na­tional award against stiff com­pe­ti­tion is recog­ni­tion of the com­mu­nity’s ded­i­ca­tion to build­ing a strong en­ter­prise spirit lo­cally. It was a real plea­sure for the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice of Louth County Coun­cil to work with the team in Dun­leer to pre­pare for the judg­ing event.

‘Ev­ery­one got be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion and a gen­uine com­mu­nity spirit, from busi­ness and vol­un­tary in­ter­ests, of mak­ing things hap­pen, was ev­i­dent to the judges. We also had two other very strong ap­pli­ca­tions in the com­pe­ti­tion, from Black­rock and Dun­dalk, which is a great re­flec­tion of the vi­brant en­ter­prise scene in Co Louth at the mo­ment.”

Speak­ing at the awards Paula Har­mon, Head of Co. Louth at Bank of Ire­land said: “Ev­ery year we are so im­pressed by the en­ter­pris­ing spirit and achieve­ments of towns and vil­lages na­tion­wide, as peo­ple work to­gether, to drive growth lo­cally and build thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

‘The sup­port of City and County Coun­cils across the coun­try is a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the suc­cess of the awards and one which Bank of Ire­land is ex­tremely grate­ful for.’

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