An all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland. The Pride of Place Awards is recognised as one of the most prestigious community awards in Ireland.
The competition is based on communities demonstrating directly to the judges their pride in their place by oral presentations where they highlight community activities, culture and many other aspects. It is also important that the community demonstrates a real partnership with their local authority and shows that all sectors of the community are included.
Surprise Surprise Dungarvan & West Waterford have been chosen by Waterford City & County Council to represent Waterford in the 2022 IPB Pride of Place awards. (this is a non-monetary award. More info on the IPB Awards can be found at www.prideofplace.ie
What the judges said: “The Surprise Surprise initiative presented a wealth of information about their activities, volunteers, success stories. The submission was excellent, clear and to the point. They are a grassroot organisation that have done a tremendous amount of work with no statutory funding, with more than 100 volunteers involved, through Covid and beyond'”