Local initatives are getting national recognition for the role they play in the lives of people of Cavan and Monaghan.
Both counties struck gold at the recent LAMA Community and Council Awards.
The Awards recognise communities and councils working together, and brings national recognition to projects and developments that may otherwise go unrecognised.
The Awards ceremony took place on Saturday night in Croke Park, and two gold medals going to both Cavan and Monaghan.
Cavan won gold for ‘Best Heritage Project’ for the refurbishment of the Cavan Town hall and for securing its long-term sustainability.
It also took home gold in the ‘Best Waste Management Project’ category for the ‘Belturbet Zero Waste Initiative’.
Barry Wilson, from Belturbet Zero Waste, said the award makes all the hard work worthwhile:
Meanwhile, Monaghan picked up two golds and a silver.
Collaborative Action for the Natura Network brought home gold for ‘Best Ecological Project’ for its work in protecting bogs, wetlands and species of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Monaghan Alerts also won ‘Best Connected Council’ for its service which ensures effective and efficient real-time communication to the public, and Janice McAnenly says the alerts scheme has been very beneficial:
Rossmore Forest Park won silver for “Best Public Park”.