Ger Lynch receiving the cheque on behalf of Mountmellick Arts Centre from Mountmellick Bank of Ireland.
Mountmellick Community Arts Centre has won a national award recognising its place as an innovative arts hub in the town.
Last September the centre was visited by Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Towns judges during their tour of the town, and in November it was announced that it had won the 'Town Initiatives of the year' category.
The committee was presented with a certificate and a cheque for €2,500 at the award ceremony and again in the local bank branch.
Ger Lynch is chairman of the Arts centre committee.
“We are so overwhelmed. We would like to thank everyone involved in the application process of the competition, the judges that took time in our town to see what we are trying to achieve here and for believing in us by awarding us. We thank each and every one, our committee members, our staff, our patrons, the church and our community,” he said.
Below: Maura Reddin accepting the certificate at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018.
Paddy Buggy is chairman of Mountmellick Development Association who co-ordinated the entry.
“We are delighted that the arts centre has been recognised for the great work it does, and the huge developments taking place there. We were up against 83 towns nationally so it is no mean feat to win, it's a huge achievement,” he said.
Taking part in the national competition brought huge positivity to the town Mr Buggy said.
“Mountmellick really rose to the occasion as it always does. We realised how much we have going for us, and also identified what we need to work on. I'd like to thank everyone who supported our entry, Laois County Council, and groups and businesses in the town,” he said.
The parish owned arts centre has a cinema and theatre. It recently won a grant of €98k for renovations in the Town & Village Renewal Scheme.
Speaking at the awards was Aine Malone, Head of Laois & Offaly at Bank of Ireland.
“Every year we are so impressed by the enterprising spirit and achievements of towns and villages nationwide. The National Enterprise Town Awards are Bank of Ireland’s opportunity to recognise and reward towns where communities and business groups are working closely together with local authorities and local enterprise offices to spur enterprise forward in their area.
On behalf of Bank of Ireland, I would like to congratulate Mountmellick and local council representatives for their joint success at this year’s awards.” she said.