Galway village could be crowned ‘Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town’

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Clonbur could soon boast the named the most enterprising town in Ireland, after the Gaeltacht village was announced as one of the finalists in the Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Awards 2020.

Twenty-one awards in total are up for grabs, with the overall winner receiving €50,000 and the title of ‘Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town’.

The awards recognise business and community groups who have come together to support their local area as communities try to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Clonbur will be competing with towns from across the island of Ireland and the judging panel will review all finalists in September. The winners will be announced on Virgin Media TV’s Ireland AM in early October.

The awards initiative this year is being fast-tracked to provide funding to winning towns in October, to directly assist their COVID-19 recovery.

Commenting on the finalist announcement, Tomás Diskin, Head of Bank of Ireland for Galway County congratulated  Clonbur on becoming a finalist in this year’s awards.

“Through these awards we are supporting businesses and communities across the island of Ireland impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as they start to rebuild and get back on their feet,” said Tomás Diskin.

“We have seen that incredible and powerful things can be achieved when communities, business groups and local authorities come together to meet their own challenges and make their own opportunities.

“I would like to wish Clonbur the very best luck in the competition.

The Begin Together Awards fund is part of wider €1 million Bank of Ireland support for local enterprise and community groups this year.

Begin Together Awards – Prize Categories
Population categories:

·        0-2000

·        2,001-4,000

·        4,001-7000

·        7,001-14,000

·        14,000+


Winner of each category €10,000

Runner Up of each category €5,000

Special category awards:

·        Local Business and Community Response Initiative

·        Local Town Promotion Initiative

·        Local Community Enterprise Initiative


·        Winner €20,000 (Runner Up €5,000)

·        Winner €10,000 (Runner Up €5,000)

·        Winner €10,000 (Runner Up €5,000)


City Award Winner €10,000 (Runner Up €5,000)


Rising Star Winner €20,000 (Runner Up €5,000)


Overall winner €40,000 plus €10,000 as winner of population or city category.