- Public Participation Network (PPN)
- Joint Policing Committee (JPC)
- Community Project Fund
- Community & Voluntary Awards
IPB Pride of Place 2017 Competition
County Laois returns to The IPB All-Island Pride of Place Competition
After a break of four years, County Laois will again be represented in the 2017 IPB All-Island Pride of Place competition, when communities across Laois get the opportunity to display how proud they are to live in, work in and take care of their own local areas. The IPB All Island Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland will take place countrywide and this year, Laois will be represented by two entries, namely the community of Rathdowney-Errill and the residents in Kiln Lane, Mountrath.
The competition, now in its 15th year, is sponsored by IPB Insurances and hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme, comprising officials from authorities in both parts of Ireland. The aim of the Pride of Place competition is to recognise initiatives taken by local communities to create pride in their area and to celebrate the vital contribution that community groups make to society. The competition focuses on people coming together to shape, enhance and enjoy all that is good about their area.
Entries representing cities, towns and villages throughout the entire island of Ireland are nominated by their respective local authorities to take part in the competition. The last time Laois entered the competition was in 2013, when Portarlington Town proudly brought home a runner-up prize in its population category.
Laois representatives in this year’s competition are:
Kiln Lane, Mountrath (Housing Estates Category)
Kiln Lane is a community of mixed housing on the outskirts of Mountrath, comprising residents from Kiln Lane, Clonbarrow and An Garráin estates, whose cooperation as a group dates back to the mid 1980’s. Their great efforts to bring together this small community can be seen in the hard work of local volunteers’ grasscutting and planting, and the organisation of very successful estate events including their 1916 commemorative event and family fun days, all extremely well supported locally. Their educational efforts for young and old alike can be seen in their horticultural projects, poly tunnel and other programmes. Their community building provides a space for activities including arts and crafts and Glee club. They opened their playground and games area in 2009. Housing up to three family generations in some cases, this estate displays great respect for family legacy and commitment to ensuring the estate’s pride, winning them a number of local awards in recent years.
Rathdowney-Errill (Population 1,000 – 2,000 Category)
Rathdowney and Errill are linked in many ways, both historically and currently. Both localities boast a Vision Group which strives to keep developing their local area, while cooperating in a number of areas, including sport, education, enterprise and job creation and socially. The perception when passing through the area would be of a quiet location, but behind the scenes the activity is plentiful on all fronts. One of the few towns in Laois to boast a secondary school, young people in the area are well catered for with a playground, youth cafe, sporting and social clubs. At the other end of the age spectrum, older and isolated people enjoy a vibrant meals-on-wheels and social service. Local activities in between include a Men’s Shed, Angling and Game Conservation, Arts and Culture Groups and as a community working together, Tidy Towns, Community Alert and several commemorative and history projects. The ‘Inspire Rathdowney’ project engaged local entrepreneurs and helped them to acquire the skills needed to start their own business. The ability of this community to raise funds is widely known, with supports given by local business and the local church parishes, which is evident throughout the locality, ranging from sponsorship to involvement in local events. The people of Rathdowney-Errill are very proud of their history and take pride in their ongoing progressive development all through both difficult and prosperous periods over the years.
Pride of Place comes to Co. Laois, when the judges from Co-operation Ireland visit the above locations and groups on Thursday 27th July 2017. If you or your group wish to get involved in the preparation for the judging at any of these locations, you can contact the Pride of Place Liaison Officer on (057) 8664150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All help will be gratefully accepted!
Best of luck to all of Laois’ representative entrants in this year’s IPB All Island Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland, supported by Laois County Council.
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What is a PPN?
The PPN or Public Participation Network is a new framework for public engagement and participation and is currently being established within Co. Laois.
The PPN will be the main link through which the Local Authority connects with community, social inclusion and environmental sectors.
Why do we need a PPN?
The PPN gives you a voice!!
The aim of a PPN Structure is to facilitate and enable public organisations operating within the wider community to give voice to a diverse range of views, issues and interests within the local government system.
The PPN will:
- Facilitate the participation by the public and representation of communities in a fair, equitable and transparent manner through the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors on decision making bodies.
- Strengthen the capacity of the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary groups to contribute positively to the community that they live/participate in.
- Provide information to the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors and will act as a hub around which information can be received and distributed.
Why should my group/organisation register and join the PPN?
There are a number of reasons why your group should be a part of the PPN:
- Networking, sharing information, learning from other groups in your local area or your particular field / sector.
- Create a sense of solidarity and collective action across the county.
- Elect representatives to policy and decision making boards and committees.
- Avail of low cost or free training in the county.
- Get information on funding, grants and initiatives that are of interest to your group.
If your group wishes to avail of any future local government funding opportunities, you must now be registered with the PPN in your county!
To register please visit http://www.laoisppn.ie and register online or download the following registration form Laois PPN Registration Form 2017 NEW and post to Pamela Tynan, Laois PPN Coordinator at the address below.
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Laois Public Participation Network
As set out in Section 36 of the An Garda Siochana Act 2005 (Revised Joint Policing Guidelines August 2014), the purpose of a Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where the local authority and the senior Garda officers responsible for the policing of the area, with the participation of Oireachtas members and community interests, can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the area.
Committee Laois County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) comprises a membership of 26:
- Local Elected Representatives (13)
- Oireachtas members (4)
- Local Authority Chief Executive (1)
- Senior Garda Officers (2)
- Community Representatives (6)
JPC Meetings 2016
Community Projects Fund
The Community Project Fund gives Laois County Council an opportunity to support the many varied and diverse projects throughout Laois, acknowledging the voluntary efforts made within our community, also assisting those groups that wouldn’t ordinarily be supported by major national/international structures, to achieve at a high level both locally, nationally and internationally.
Applicant groups will be supported by an elected member of Laois County Council, giving weight to the group’s constant efforts for their local community and beyond.
- Borris in Ossory Mountmellick Municipal District (6)
- Portlaoise Municipal District (7)
- Graiguecullen Portarlington Municipal District (6)
NOMINATIONS FOR THE LAOIS COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY AWARDS 2017
Laois County Council in participation with Laois Public Participation Network wishes to celebrate the major contribution made by Community/Voluntary Organisations in County Laois
Nomination Forms are available in the following Categories
- Arts, Culture & Heritage
- Healthy & Active Community
- Children & Youth
- Social Inclusion
- Age Friendly
- Unsung Hero
You can also make an individual nomination for an Unsung Hero Award for outstanding contribution by one person to community/voluntary life in their local area and/or the wider community in Co. Laois.
The closing date is extended to Friday 11th August, 2017.
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Community & Voluntary Awards 2016
The heroes of local communities across the County were celebrated by Laois County Council in association with Laois Public Participation Network on Wednesday 11th May when over 230 people gathered in the The Heritage Hotel in Killenard for the 7th Annual Community and Voluntary Awards. The Awards are hosted to recognise the tremendous contribution made by community and voluntary groups to life in County Laois.
All nominees were recognised as having made a significant difference within and beyond their local community, through giving of their time, co-operation, their imagination and their hard work to achieve rewards of successful clubs, events and fundraising within the community. Each group and individual was congratulated on the night and presented with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to the community and voluntary effort in Laois.
The Master of Ceremonies on the night was RTE’s Justin Treacy, a native of County Laois. The evening opened with a music ensemble by Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil followed by addresses by the Cathaoirleach, Laois County Council, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Charles Flanagan and the Chief Executive, Laois County Council, Mr. John Mulholland.
The judges were thanked for their input having been impressed again this year they continue to be impressed and inspired by the ongoing commitment from so many people who achieve so much with so little. All the communities represented were sincerely thanked and were reminded that every community nominated is already a winner.
Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald said “we honour people like you in communities all over our county, and all that you have achieved. Without the work of our volunteers, life in our county wouldn’t exist to the same standard that it does. Your positive attitude and creative skills make good things happen, and while we all know that we need money to exist, it’s the enrichment of people and communities that is so much more important”.
Awards Runners up and Winners on the night were:
ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE CATEGORY – 6 NOMINEES
WINNER: Portlaoise St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Runner Up: Killeshin Pipe Band
HEALTHY & ACTIVE CATEGORY – 3 NOMINEES
WINNER: St. Abban’s Athletic Club
Runner Up: O’Dempsey’s GAA Club
Killeshin Community Centre
CHILDREN & YOUTH CATEGORY – 8 NOMINEES
WINNER: 1st Laois (Mountmellick) Scouts
Runner Up: Ratheniska Foroige Club
ENVIRONMENT CATEGORY – 7 NOMINEES
WINNER: Killenard Tidy Towns Committee
Runner Up: Clonaslee Tidy Towns Committee
Mountrath Playground/Amenity Park Committee
SOCIAL INCLUSION CATEGORY – 11 NOMINEES
Runner Up: Mountmellick Community Care
Of the15 nominations for Unsung Hero, Maura Reddin, a native of Mountmellick, was honoured on the night by Laois County Council as Unsung Hero 2016 and was presented with her award by Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Catherine Fitzgerald. Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald, congratulated all the nominees, who are, as she put it, heroes in their own community, for the hard work and commitment they put into their local areas and people.
Justin Treacy thanked the sponsors – The Nationalist, Laois Local Enterprise Office, Sports Partnership, Laois Partnership Company, Laois Public Participation Network and the Environment and Arts Sections of Laois County Council., and the Heritage Hotel, Killenard were also thanked for hosting the event.