Abbeyleix to represent Ireland

Abbeyleix has been selected as one of four entries to represent Ireland in the International Liveable Communities (Livcom) Awards 2012.

Abbeyleix has been selected as one of four entries to represent Ireland in the International Liveable Communities (Livcom) Awards 2012.

Abbeyleix won the top prize in the annual Co-operation Ireland All-Island Pride of Place Awards 2012 and was selected along with entries from Meath, Clare and Wicklow for the international contest.

The LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and are endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It is the world’s only awards competition focusing on International Best Practice regarding the management and sustainability of the local environment under a number of headings. The objective of improving the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘liveable communities.’

Peter Carey, county manager said he was proud that Abbeyleix would be representing Ireland at international level.

“I am delighted and proud that Abbeyleix has been given the honour of representing Ireland at international level. It is a testament to their hard work and innovation as a community, which could be seen last year in their success in the All-Island Pride of Place competition.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Bonham and Cllr John Joe Fennelly congratulated Abbeyleix and wished them every success in representing Laois, and Ireland, in the competition.

As part of their entry, a submission will be made by Abbeyleix to the Livcom Competition, showcasing the community under a number of headings, including enhancement of the natural and built heritage; arts, cultire and heritage; environmental best practices; community participation and empowerment, healthy lifestyle and strategic planning.

Any community group of activity in Abbeyleix that would like to add any relevant details to the compilation of the submission are asked to contact Mary White, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns on 057-8731257 or by e-mail to marycwhite@eircom.net by Friday, June 8.

The finalists will be announced in July and if successful, representatives from Abbeyleix will be asked to travel to United Arab Emirates to showcase their community to the judges.