The Laois winners have been announced in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The Kolbe Special School and Dunamaise Arts Centre are among four Laois organisations named as winners in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The awards honour the inspiring work of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding.
Nearly 30 cent of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes, which has a big impact on communities across the country.
Dermot Griffin is the National Lottery CEO.
“We were bowled over by the calibre of entries and the impact that these organisations are having in their local communities. We know that these groups are doing extraordinary things and the Good Causes awards recognize and celebrate their achievements.”
The Laois County winners are:
Sport: St Fintan’s GAA Club, Mountrath
St. Fintan’s GAA club is a community based volunteer organization with a large membership promoting Gaelic games in the locality. With the help of Good Causes funding the club was able to develop its playing areas and is proud that its main pitch is the same size as Croke Park.
Health & Wellbeing: Kolbe Special School
Kolbe Special School caters for pupils from all over Laois who have learning disabilities and autism. Good Causes funding allowed it buy equipment, including a trampoline that helps pupils with concerning behavior to burn off energy.
Heritage: Mountmellick Development Association
The Mountmellick Development Association promotes the town from an economic, social and cultural point of view. Good Causes funding helped it put items from the Mountmellick Embroidery Museum on exhibition. The museum is a reflection of the town’s rich quaker industrial past.
Arts & Culture: Dunamaise Arts Centre
Dunamaise Arts Centre offers professional visual and performing arts facilities for cultural and community organisations based in the Midlands. Good Causes funding has helped it bring the very best touring work to its audiences in the gallery, on stage and on screen.
These winners will represent Laois in the Midlands Regional finals, competing for a place in the National Finals in Dublin on November 3rd.
The four Laois winners get a certificate and go on to represent the county in the regional level of the awards.
Regional winners will then go to final and those winners will be announced at the awards dinner on November 3. The category winners in the National Final will get €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the year gets an additional €25,000.
Broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr is Chair of the Judging panel.
“The competition is fierce in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The standard of entries is really impressive. I congratulate all of the County Winners and look forward to seeing Laois competing in the Regional Finals next month," he said.