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Announcing the winners of the 2020 Intel Pride of Place Competition

Local community projects awarded with Pride of Place grants

On Friday June 12th, the winners of the Intel Pride of Place competition were revealed.

David Donnelly and Annelies Goyarts from Maynooth Basketball Academy are pictured with competition judge Mark Rutherford

The 2020 Pride of Place competition invited community organisations located in Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth, to share their project ideas to help improve their organisations whilst also benefiting the local community.

The project ideas are then reviewed by a panel of judges, made up of business professionals and community representatives, who selected a number of the submissions to receive grants as part of the initiative which is funded by Intel.

This is the 6th year that the Pride of Place competition has been running and once again there was a fantastic response with a large number of diverse project ideas being submitted by community groups from the local area.

This year 13 different local projects were awarded with funding as part of the competition. Due to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, additional funding was allocated by Intel to the Pride of Place competition to support community organisations through a difficult time, with over €45,000 being distributed amongst the winning projects.

Normally winning organisations would be invited to come together to be presented with their awards but this year the results of the competition were shared online, and organisations were invited to each individually receive their cheque at Castletown House in Celbridge.

Presenting the awards to the winning projects were the Pride of Place 2020 judging panel which included Rebecca Doolin who is the Director of External Relations at Maynooth University, Michelle Lee who is the Head of Technical at General Paints Group who are based in the Celbridge famine workhouse since 1953, Lisa Harlow who is the External Relations Manager at Intel and Mark Rutherford who is the Environmental Health and Safety Manager Intel.

The winners of the 2020 competition are as follows;

Leixlip Tidy Town Association (LTTA) – €4,000
Their project entitled ‘A Tree Trail for Leixlip’ will develop a walking Tree Trail to educate the Leixlip community on the role of trees in mitigating global warming, promoting biodiversity and enhancing the landscape in the local area.

Leixlip Men’s Shed – €4,000
The Pride of Place award will help the Leixlip Men’s shed to purchase high quality tools to enable the crew to produce quality workmanship while complying with health & safety standards. The group works closely with the tidy town’s groups making bird and window boxes as well as poly tunnels.

Celbridge Access Group – €2,500
The Access Group work towards making Celbridge inclusive and fully accessible to all. Their winning project is to develop a ‘checklist’ of simple measures that businesses can undertake to help to make their businesses more accessible. For example, by providing signs directing people to an accessible entrance, having a chair for customers, personal shopping assistant, ensuring that aisles are clear of obstacles and facilitating accessible routes through the store that are free of trip hazards.

North Kildare Educate Together (NKETS) – €5,000
NKETS has two special classes within the school for children with autism. An area has become degraded and the children have been unable to use the outdoor play area for the past three years. Pride of Place funding will go towards the resurface of the play area so that it can once more be available to the children to use.

Celbridge Paddlers Canoe Club – €5,000
The Pride of Place funding will help purchase equipment to resource the development of the club’s ‘Sunday Morning Family Paddle’ initiative. The Sunday Morning Family Paddle is a key cornerstone of its mission statement as an organisation – to promote canoeing as a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender or ability.

Ballyoulster Utd AFC, Celbridge – €5,000
A club with over 500 members, the Pride of Place funding will enable the club to fund the resurfacing and repair of the road leading to the club house and pitches. This will allow a safe passage for players and spectators to the pitches and clubhouse.

Maynooth Basketball Academy – €1,000
The Pride of Place award will kickstart the FUN-based and socially inclusive programme – ‘Fun Hoops’ that will be open to all children aged 6 to 10 years old. The award will part fund the purchase of equipment for the group.

Primrose Hill NS – €4,000
The school’s playground was not up to standard and was facing closure. To help with this, the funding from Pride of Place will go towards the resurface of the playground for the health and safety of the children.

Leixlip United Football Club – €3,000
The vision for the club is to provide a safe and healthy sporting environment for all members. The club understand the importance of sport for health and well-being and, with this in mind have developed a plan to improve the clubs’ facilities. The funding will support the addition of accessibility needs such as a new entry way ramp with railings and the installation of a wheelchair accessible door and new laminate flooring.

Leixlip Community Youth Band – €1,500
The Leixlip Community Youth Band has members aged between 8 and 18 years, including Musicians who play a variety of musical instruments such as percussion, string, woodwind, keyboard and brass. The Youth Band have recently set up a Colour Guards group who perform creative movement and dance using Flags. The Pride of Place funding will help purchase much needed equipment for their workshops.

Maynooth Flower & Garden Club – €2,500
Maynooth Flower & Garden Club caters for all floral artists and gardeners and is a member of the Association of Irish Floral Artists. The Pride of Place funding will go towards allowing the club to become more independent, reducing running expenses for the future. With this assistance, the Club will have the ability to facilitate larger capacity gatherings and fundraisers and expand services to the community.

The County Kildare Orchestra – €3,000
The Pride of Place award will be part funding the purchase of much needed technology equipment for the orchestra. As the Orchestra move from a paper to digital age this technology will allow the them to broaden their musical talents in the future.

Maynooth Town FC – €3,000
The Pride of Place award is part funding Maynooth Town FC for much needed equipment for the club. The equipment will be used as part of their project theme ‘Bring Them Home’. A club that celebrated 50 years in 2019, this equipment will help towards future development of players of all ages in Maynooth.

The judging panel were blown away by the diversity of projects submitted to the 2020 competition and were excited by the range of initiatives that were selected for funding.

Rebecca Doolin, Director of External Relations at Maynooth University said; “On behalf of Maynooth University, I am proud to congratulate the winners of the 2020 Pride of Place competition for the inspiring roles they are playing in the communities of Celbridge, Leixlip and Maynooth. The university is proud that its long-standing partnership with Intel extends to recognising the Pride of Place that both institutions share with our community neighbours. Thank you to Intel for continuing its generous support of so many community organisations that collectively enhance the communities in which we live, work and play.”

Michelle Lee from the General Paints Group added; “In these challenging times it is great to see how Intel continue to support the local community. This year we seen a vast number of applications, demonstrating the fantastic work and initiatives proposed for the local areas. Each application was as interesting as the next and it was hard to choose one over the other. I wish the winners all the best and look forward to seeing how their projects progresses over the next few months”.

Intel’s External Relations Managed Lisa Harlow added her congratulations; ‘Intel is proud to be part of the local community here in North Kildare and the Pride of Place competition is a fitting way to recognise the wonderful work of that community. This year in particular has been such a challenging time for communities and we are reminded of just how important the work of local organisations is. I would like to congratulate the winning projects and I would also like to acknowledge the time and effort that all participants have put into their Intel Pride of Place applications, each demonstrating such strong commitment to the local community.”

Since the Pride of Place competition began in 2014, some 50 community projects have been supported with over €200,000 of funding. The 2020 winning projects will now be completed over the coming months by the recipient organisations.



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