June 29, 2015
This is from The Dave Walton of Ballyboughal Community Council, who sez:
Ballyboughal Community Council is pleased to announce that Ballyboughal has been entered by Fingal County Council into the national Pride of Place awards 2015, as Fingal’s sole entrant in the 300 to 1000 village population category. The Pride of Place competition is a Co-operation Ireland initiative to acknowledge the fantastic work being done by communities all over the island of Ireland, and their efforts to create vibrant, viable and visible communities. prideofplace.ie. It also affords local authorities an opportunity to participate at the heart of local communities and help build community spirit. To this end a working document on improving and repairing amenities in the village has been prepared by Ballyboughal Community Council, in conjunction with other voluntary groups in the village, and has been submitted to Fingal County Council for consideration and, where possible, completion.
The Pride of Place judges are coming to Ballyboughal on the afternoon of Tuesday the 28th of July where Ballyboughal Community Council and the Pride of Place steering Committee which has been working on this project in the background will make a presentation on the history of the area and all of the voluntary and community work being carried out in the village and environs. The judges will make some historical and location site visits, and afterwards meet socially with various members of the voluntary community in St Patrick Hall from multiple groups operating in Ballyboughal, including the GAA, Athletics Club, Tidy Towns, Youth Club, Scouts, Pitch and Putt, St Patrick’s Hall, Ballyboughal.net, The Hedgerow Society, Senior Citizens, The Community Council and several other voluntary groups.
By co-incidence Ballyboughal Community Council is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year so is taking this opportunity to run a special Pride of Place photographic and video exhibition which is dedicated to all the all the volunteers, from all voluntary groups in the village, and their enormous contribution to the community of Ballyboughal over the years. This exhibition will also form part of our presentation to the Pride of Place judges.
The Pride of Place exhibition in St Patricks Hall with the theme “The Spirit of Ballyboughal” will be opened officially later that evening at a reception for all the village at 8pm by our new Mayor of Fingal (and Ballyboughal man) ,Cllr David O’Connor,. The entire village, and all volunteers from any Ballyboughal voluntary group, past and present, are invited to attend this reception.
Afterwards a major evening of music celebration is planned in the Village Inn to celebrate the wonderful history of music that lives on to this day and is such an intrinsic part of the Spirit of Ballyboughal. Please mark this special date in your diary and try to make it if you can. More info will follow closer to the date.
Ballyboughal Community Council