‘Town of Gar­dens’ pro­ject lands top award for Ark­low

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

ARK­LOW was recog­nised on a na­tional scale this week as it picked up the 2018 Bank of Ire­land En­ter­prise Town Award for Town Ini­tia­tive of the Year.

The award was pre­sented for the Town of Gar­dens ini­ta­tive, which has seen mas­sive work by Ark­low Town Team, Tidy Towns and Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal District to en­sure Ark­low is a leader in terms of its out­door and pub­lic gar­den space.

At the award cer­e­mony in Kilkenny, a to­tal of 40 awards were given with an over­all prize fund of €157,000 al­lo­cated to en­cour­age fur­ther in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship within win­ning towns. Tak­ing the prize for over­all win­ner of the 2018 Bank of Ire­land Na­tional En­ter­prise Town Awards was Let­terkenny.

Speak­ing at the awards, Maria Cole­man, Head of Co. Wick­low 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. I would like to con­grat­u­late Ark­low and lo­cal coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives for their joint suc­cess at this year’s awards.’

Cllr Miriam Mur­phy, Cathaoir­leach of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal District, joined in the con­grat­u­la­tions by say­ing ‘Ark­low has made huge progress over the last year and that is thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of the Town Team. This award is fur­ther proof that when we work to­gether we can achieve so much more. This award has given Ark­low Town Team and peo­ple from the com­mu­nity the en­cour­age­ment to progress on with other new projects for the fu­ture.’

Cllr Mur­phy added that the awards high­light Ark­low’s any com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary groups.

‘For me, it also high­lighted what we have in our com­mu­nity as in the va­ri­ety of vol­un­tary groups, sports clubs, the arts in many forms, the com­mit­ment of the busi­ness’s, the vol­un­tary ser­vices like the RNLI, First Re­spon­ders, Ark­low Tidy Towns, The Fes­ti­val com­mit­tees and many more. The Town Team worked on this pro­ject

With the Town Ini­tia­tive of the Year Award at the En­ter­prise Town Awards. Back: Frank Cur­ran of Wick­low County Coun­cil; Irene Sweeney; and Maria Cole­man, Derek Tobin and Ian McMur­rough of Bank of Ire­land. Front: Su­san Ni­chols of Wick­low County Coun­cil; Ark­low district cathaoir­leach

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