CLEAN ups and preparations are taking place in communities all over Laois at this time of year, particularly in the communities of Knockmay in Portlaoise and Portarlington town, who are preparing for the arrival of the judges in this year’s IPB All Island Pride of Place competition in association with Co-operation Ireland.
On July 11 and 12, the judges will visit three sites including Knockmay in Portlaoise (Housing Estates Category), St. Anne’s Community Hall, Ballylynan (South East Laois Arts Network in Community Arts Category) and Portarlington Town (Population over 2,000 category).
These were all nominated by Laois County Council to represent Laois in the all-island community based competition.
On Saturday June 29, a number of residents from all six estates in Knockmay, took to the pavements with their litter pickers and bags, all taking part in a large clean up of the area in preparation for the arrival of the judges.
The judges will be taken on a walking tour of the area, following a presentation to be made by local residents in Treo Nua Portlaoise Resource Centre on the morning of Thursday July 11.
The competition, now in its 11th year aims 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.
Those who are involved with any kind of community group or activity in either Knockmay or Portarlington, or who have been involved with or enjoyed the projects of the South East Laois Arts Network, are welcome come out and say hello to the judges on the day and let them know how proud people are of their community and county.