Three Galway groups nominated for 2020 Pride of Place awards

Galway Daily life & style Three Galway groups nominated for 2020 Pride of Place awards

Three Galway Groups have been nominated for the annual Pride of Place awards which celebrate communities of all sizes and groups that provide a special service to their local area.

The Pride of Place awards were meant to be hosted this year by Kerry County Council, but due to COVID-19 restrictions will now take place via an online ceremony live streaming on November 21.

A total of 82 groups around the country have been nominated for these, the 18th PoP awards, which are organised by Co-Operation Ireland.

In Galway, the three nominees for the awards are Westside Arts Festival, Galway Contact, and Galway Cycle Bus.

While Galway has many festivals that have achieved world renown, and attract talent from all over the world, there is still plenty of scope for celebrating the work of local artists and community initiative.

Westside Arts Festival is an annual celebration of community creativity, which normally takes place each July, with a mix of events and workshops.

Galway Contact was founded in 1981 as a voluntary organisation to help older people to who feel isolated and vulnerable.

The charity provides a range of services including home visits, morning club, annual outings, and transport services.

Galway Cycle Bus is an initiative which aims to get school aged children cycling to and from school to encourage healthy sustainable habits.

Guided by volunteers to ensure the safety of all the children the project takes children to Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh and Knocknacarra NS each morning.

The 18th annual Pride of Place Awards will take place online, hosted by Mart Morrisey from 7pm on Saturday, November 21.