The people of Knockmay pulled out all the stops on Thursday, July 11, when the Pride of Place judges came to run the rule over their area.
The residents of Mountainview Square, Clonrooske View, Parnell Crescent, Hillview Drive, Cherry Grove and Parnell Crescent in Knockmay, Portlaoise were entered collectively in the Pride of Place Housing Estates Category, and demonstrated for the judges, Blaise Treacy and Declan Nelson, how they have come together in many ways to make their local area a better and safer place to live.
In their local and newly built centre, Treo Nua, the presented their youth groups, childcare and women’s projects in association with Portlaoise Family Resource Centre, their Neighbourhood Watch Group supported by the Community Policing Unit, and their efforts to regenerate their local area, with the assistance of agencies such as Laois County Council, HSE, Family Support Agency and Laois Partnership.
The 5-acre site affectionately known locally as “The Field” was shown to the judges as the latest project that local people have taken on, in an effort to eradicate anti-social behaviour and provide a park for the local area, in association with Laois County and Portlaoise Town Councils.
The judges were treated to tours of each estate and viewed games and bamboo dances by the local Vietnamese community.
They were also impressed by the improvements shown in the residents’ presentation on the area from past to present times, and their links with local decision makers.