The winners of Intel’s Pride of Place competition, now in its fourth year, were announced at the Springfield hotel last night.
The Pride of Place competition is about enriching the lives of people in our neighbouring communities of Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth; by supporting projects that improve local organisations while also benefitting the wider community. To date, Pride of Place have completed 16 projects, investing almost 100K in the local community.
To enter, local organisations were asked to share their idea and explain why it deserved funding and how it would enrich the lives of people in the community. All applicant projects were then judged by a panel which included; Elise McCarthy from Business in the community, Allan Shine, CEO County Kildare chamber, Lisa Harlow, External relations manager Intel, & Mark Rutherford Environmental health and safety Manager Intel.
Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Hugh Hardiman remarked; ‘Intel Ireland is proud to be part of the local community here in North Kildare, I congratulate the winners, and very much look forward to seeing their plans develop to reality, but I would also like to acknowledge the time and effort that all participants have put into their Intel Pride of Place applications, we value your commitment to the local community.”
The winning projects were as follows;
Maynooth GAA, who, in the last year had a focus on biodiversity at their club and tied in to Maynooth tidy towns on their pollinator plan. The funding they receive from Pride of Place will be used to enhance & maintain their playing pitches, Moyglare grounds and the wildflower meadow area.
The Maynooth 10K Committee, who organise runs through the year for the residents of Maynooth and other local communities. The committee became aware of the waste from plastic water bottles used at their runs and looked to reduce the environmental impact of this. The committee will use their Pride of Place grant to purchase reusable beakers, instead of single use plastic water bottles to be used that can be used while training, completing a run or at other community events.
The Celbridge and District Men’s Shed who have recently moved to a new facility, and expanded the scope of work and projects they can complete. This funding from this Pride of Place grant will be used to help them create bird boxes, Bat boxes and Bee hives.
Scoil Na Mainstreach who submitted a project to enhance their PE Hall specifically for children with autism. The school will use the Pride of Place grant to purchase netting, a sound system and a climbing frame to allow for an inclusive PE hall for children including those with autism and special needs.
Scoil Chearbhail Ui Dhálaigh, who identified the need to improve their facilities to cater for children with specific learning needs around the areas of ASD and autism. Their Pride of Place funding will go towards a sensory room for children with autism in the school.
The Tea Lane Graveyard Project: who proposed a project to make the area more attractive for nature and wild-life. Their Pride of Place funding will be used to create a ‘Pollinator Friendly Garden’ to provide food and shelter so that pollinators can survive and thrive.
Sensory Garden: were awarded Pride of Place funding towards a sensory garden in a local park, which will provide a focal feature for the park to benefit all ages in the community.
Leixlip Tidy Town Association (LTTA) who were awarded Pride of Place funding to purchase and install an age friendly picnic and seating facility on the Rye River walk is a pedestrian walk that connects Leixlip village to the Distillery Lane & Confey, adjacent to the Ryevale Nursing Home.
Leixlip GAA: who were awarded funding for the Buntus group to work with 90 children between the ages of 2-4 developing their skills and encouraging activity and teamwork while these younger children wait for their older siblings.
The winning projects will now be completed over the coming months by the recipient organisations.