Monaghan County Council ‘Community Awards Nights’.

Monaghan County Council recently held a series of Community Awards Nights which recognised the hugely important and impactful work which community groups undertake throughout the county on an annual basis.

The first Community Awards Night took place on Monday 27th May at The Four Seasons Hotel and drew a large attendance. The second event recognised the efforts of the Clones/Ballybay Municipal District community groups and was held on Wednesday 29th May in the Creighton Hotel in Clones. The final ceremony held was the Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District Awards Nights which were held on Thursday 30th May at the Municipal District Building in Carrickmacross.

Each of the community groups present at the events had received funding from the Community Development Fund or Environmental Services Fund in 2024. Funding was provided to a large number of community groups for a diverse range of projects such as the enhance of local facilities, community festivals/events, maintenance of open spaces/parks and environmental improvements to public spaces. These funds assist the groups undertake valuable projects in their local areas during the course of 2024.

Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council Cllr. David Maxwell thanked all the groups  for their efforts during the last twelve months. He said “These awards provide an ideal opportunity for Monaghan County Council to show its appreciation of the valuable work which communities carry out on a daily basis. The work that they carry out is invaluable. I am conscious that there is a huge level of community and voluntary activity taking place in Monaghan and it is very important that this work is both acknowledged and rewarded annually”.

Barry Eaton from the Community Section of Monaghan County Council also acknowledged the invaluable contribution of the groups. He said “community groups are a significant driver of the overall prosperity in every town and village in our county. They enhance the attractiveness of our communities and make them welcoming places. Monaghan has a strong tradition of community cooperation and volunteering, particularly in the Tidy Towns sector. It is important to acknowledge the role and contribution of our community groups who work with the Council to make our communities better places in which to live, work and visit”.