On Thursday June 27th, the latest winners of the Intel Pride of Place competition were announced at a special awards evening held at the Leixlip Manor Hotel and Gardens.
Earlier this year Intel launched the 2019 version of the Pride of Place competition which invites community organisations located in Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth, to share their project ideas to help improve their organisations whilst also benefitting the local community.
The project ideas are then reviewed by a panel of judges, made up of business professionals and community representatives, who select a number of the submissions to receive grants as part of the initiative which is funded by Intel.
This is the 5th 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.
The awards evening brought together representatives from each of the organisations who submitted applications to the competition this year and was attended by newly appointed Mayor of Kildare Suzanne Doyle and a number of local representatives. The awards evening was also attended by the Pride of Place 2019 judging panel which included Rebecca Doolin who is the Director of External Relations at Maynooth University, Rachel O’Connor who is the Export Director for 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.
After Kildare Mayor Suzanne Doyle and Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Hugh Hardiman, had addressed the assembled audience, the winners of the 2019 competition were revealed;
Weston Primary Montessori School
The Pride of Place grant will be used to fund the conversion of a wasteland area into a beautiful, inter-generational garden. The equipment funded by the grant will include safety software for the children, sensors and tablets to allow for comprehensive monitoring of the garden.
Maynooth Tidy Towns
The Pride of Place grant will provide funding for the promotion and development of a Maynooth Time Bank website. This is a community network based on an ‘alternative currency system’ where participants can exchange services, skills and products in return for volunteering time credits rather than money.
The Irish Military Heritage Foundation
The Pride of Place competition will be supporting the organisation through the design and construction of a high-resolution website and technology to support this development. This interactive site will allow members of the public to explore and engage in the rich and colourful heritage of Celbridge.
Maynooth Community Access Group
The Pride of Place grant will provide to this organisation technology, in the forms of 2 laptops and a printer, along with resources to support the design and construction of a high-resolution website in order to help them achieve their goal of “Making Maynooth Socially Inclusive and Universally Accessible”.
MU Barnhall RFC – Buffaloes
The Pride of Place grant will be used to fund a new set of kit in the form of jerseys, shorts and socks.
The Pride of Place grant will be used to fund the restoration of a space inside the school area that which will be transformed into a safe and friendly recreational area. The renovation will include painting, the installation of lighting, seating and security doors and the purchase of table tennis and foosball tables.
Celbridge Men’s Shed
The Pride of Place grant will provide funding for a poly-tunnel to assist the organisation in growing vulnerable plants, many of which are utilised by the ACRE project in Celbridge. The poly-tunnel will also be used to help grow a biodiversity garden for pollinators in Derrybeg plots, Celbridge.
Celbridge Athletic Club
The Pride of Place grant will support this organisation by funding the construction of a floor in their new indoor hall located at their track on the Clane Road in Celbridge.
Rockfield Residents Association
The Pride of Place grant will provide funding for the development of a pollinator garden which will act as a sanctuary for a range of visiting wildlife and insects. Some of its features of the garden include a bee hotel, bird-feeder, hedgehog hides and a wild meadow which will possess a walking path and seat allowing guests to appreciate the sights.
Leixlip Tidy Towns
The Pride of Place grant will fund the development of a Leixlip Biodiversity Trail which hopes to illustrate the abundance of rich and wonderful biodiversity, both man-made and naturally occurring, that Leixlip has to offer and which until now remains largely unknown.
Silleachain Lane Walk Restoration Association – SLWRA
The Pride of Place grant will fund the restoration of Silleachain Lane Walk, a place of great historical significance as it predates the Captains Hill and the Walkway areas. The Silleachain Lane was the original route to Dunboyne from the toll bridge over the river Liffey.
Confey Community Garden
The Pride of Place grant will support this organisation by funding a poly-tunnel and possibly incorporating rainwater harvesting and storage facilities for their new multi-sensory wellbeing garden.
Scoil Bhride, Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Eoin Phoil
The Pride of Place grant will provide funding for benches and signage to help with the development of their new communal biodiversity garden situated in the vicinity of all three schools.
Speaking at the awards evening, Mayor of Kildare Suzanne Doyle said; ”The Pride of Place Awards is a fantastic initiative. Intel are such an important employer here in Kildare because they support the local and wider community with a broad range of projects. Intel really understand how important it is to create a harmonious relationship with the surrounding community and they set a great example for other large employers.”
Also speaking at the event, Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Hugh Hardiman, added; ‘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. The response from the organisations this year was fantastic – I would like to congratulate the winning projects and look forward to seeing their excellent ideas being implemented in each of our neighbouring towns. 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 31 community projects have been supported with over €174,000 of funding. There was an additional surprise on the night as Intel revealed that, in addition to providing the grant funding to the successful projects, there would be a prize for every organisation that submitted an entry to the competition with each receiving an Intel powered laptop.
The 2019 winning projects will now be completed over the coming months by the recipient organisations.
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