Local Government Awards highlight the vital work done by Local Authorities in communities around the Country

Oct 15, 2020

Chambers Ireland today revealed the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020.

In its 17th year, the Awards features a total of 86 projects from Local Authorities shortlisted over 16 categories.

The Excellence in Local Government Awards are held annually in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Congratulating the Local Authorities shortlisted, Mr. Darragh O’Brien T.D., Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage stated,

“My Department is delighted to support the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards again this year.  The vital role played by local government in our communities has been very much to the fore in the past year, especially as the country responded to the COVID-19 emergency. It is imperative that the effort, commitment, innovation and agility of local authorities and their staff continues to be acknowledged through these formal awards.

The projects that the local authorities have undertaken have helped maintain a sense of community, establish connections among our citizens and provide essential supports to the public at a crucial time. I wish to congratulate everyone for their hard work, commitment and resilience throughout the year, which is evident in all the applications submitted. 

I also wish to acknowledge the efforts made by Chambers Ireland to continue with these prestigious and important awards in very different times.  The number and high calibre of applications submitted by local authorities, along with the organisation of Chambers Ireland, is most impressive.  While we are not able to celebrate the entries and winners this year as we might have done in previous years, I would nonetheless heartily congratulate everyone involved on their achievements.”


Commenting on the announcement of the shortlist, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland said,

“With over 80 projects in the shortlist revealed today for this year’s Excellence in Local Government Awards, it’s clear that the innovation and hard work of our Local Authorities has continued unabated across the country, despite the more challenging circumstances that we’re all facing.

Even with the disruption endured by so many in 2020, Local Authorities continue to deliver, achieve more and strive for even greater things for their communities. It’s been inspiring to receive so many wide-ranging applicant projects for this year’s Awards, which underline the efforts that people across our local communities have continued to put in despite living through such uncertain times for us all.

I would like to congratulate each of the shortlisted Local Authorities revealed today. We continue to hold our Awards as a celebration of the enthusiasm, commitment and overall excellence to be found throughout the work being done at Local Government level nationwide. The very best of luck to all shortlisted today.”

The Excellence in Local Government Award winners will be announced at the 17th annual ceremony on 26th November. Awards will be presented for excellence in 16 different categories and one Local Authority will be awarded the overall award and named Local Authority of the Year 2020.



For further information please contact Gabriel Doran, Communications & Media Executive on 01 400 4331, 086 608 1605 or email gabriel.doran@chambers.ie


Further Notes

For further information on the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020, click here.


Complete Shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020

Supporting Sustainable Communities

  • Clare County Council – The Ennistymon Multi-Service Innovation Centre 
  • Cork County Council – Community Contract Initiative with Kinsale Tidy Towns
  • Donegal County Council – Donegal Men’s Shed Showcase 2019
  • Fingal County Council – Shop Local Website
  • Longford County Council – Putting a heart back into Edgeworthstown
  • Monaghan County Council – Clones Town Team


Best Practice in Community Engagement

  • Clare County Council – Ballyallia Lake Amenity Enhancement Plan
  • Cork City Council – Social Distancing Park Rangers Programme – (Covid – 19 Response)
  • Meath County Council – Women in Local Government
  • Monaghan County Council – Council & Community Collaboration in Scotshouse Village
  • Sligo County Council – Sligo East City, Cranmore and Environs Mentor Programme
  • Wexford County Council – Wexford County Council Map Centric Covid Call Centre


Health & Wellbeing

  • Cork County Council – Cork County Council Community Wellbeing Initiative
  • Limerick City & County Council – Boxing Clever
  • Mayo County Council – Making Positive Choices
  • Meath County Council – Sustainable & Healthy Eating Initiative
  • Monaghan County Council – An Understanding of Romantic Relationships in young people in Co.Monaghan


Supporting Tourism

  • Donegal County Council – Donegal Tourism Virtual Reality Wild Atlantic Way Experiences
  • Longford County Council – Royal Canal Greenway – Longford Section
  • Meath County Council – Kells Courthouse – Tourism and Cultural Hub
  • Monaghan County Council – Sliabh Beagh Masterplan
  • Tipperary County Council – Suir Blueway Tipperary
  • Wicklow County Council – Wicklow’s Historic Gaol – Gates of Hell


Promoting Economic Development

  • Cork City Council – ‘Re-imagining the City’ – Pedestrianizing Cork City Streets
  • Cork County Council – Cork County Business & Tourism Awards
  • Donegal County Council – Donegal Remote Working Strategy & Public Consultation
  • Limerick City and County Council – Limerick.ie
  • Wicklow County Council – Wicklow Naturally – Wicklow’s Food and Beverage Network


Local Authority Innovation

  • Cork County Council – Housing Infrastructure Services Company
  • Limerick City and County Council – Project 18 – Cora PPM
  • Mayo County Council – Weather Impact REgister App – WIRE
  • Meath County Council – MCC Connect
  • Tipperary County Council – HYDRA Command Development Suite at Clonmel Fire Training Centre
  • Wicklow County Council – Face Mask Loops


Sustainable Environment

  • Cork City Council – Cork City Council Goes Electric
  • Cork County Council – Harper’s Island Wetlands
  • Fingal County Council – Fingal ‘Play it Again’ Musical Instruments Project
  • Longford County Council – County Longford Regeneration Initiative
  • Mayo County Council – A Sustainable Agricultural Strategy for Mayo
  • Wicklow County Council – Relove Fashion Competition


Best Library Service

  • Clare County Council – Connections: Stories by Syrian Families in County Clare
  • Cork County Council – Full STEAM Ahead: Delivering Digital Opportunities to Rural Communities
  • Kildare County Council – Kildare Library Service’s STEAM programme
  • Meath County Council – Traveller Genealogy
  • Wicklow County Council – Wicklow County Council Library Service Literacy Supports – Home Schooling


Sustaining the Arts

  • Cork County Council – Cork Young Filmmakers
  • Fingal County Council – Estuary
  • Limerick City and County Council – Bingo Wings
  • Monaghan County Council – The Patrick Kavanagh Exhibition & Multipurpose Performance Venue
  • Offaly County Council – Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath


Age Friendly Initiative

  • Cork City Council – Cork City Age Friendly Initiative
  • Fingal County Council – Age Friendly Skerries/Fingal – Staying Connected Nursing Home Initiative
  • Kilkenny County Council – Thomastown Age Friendly Town Plan
  • Limerick City and County Council – Putting Your House in Order
  • Mayo County Council – Through the Ages
  • Meath County Council – Athboy walkability project and inclusive town developments


Festival of the Year

  • Clare County Council – Clare Food & Drink Fleadh
  • Cork City Council – SeaFest 2019 – Ireland’s National Maritime Festival
  • Cork County Council – Leap Scarecrow Festival
  • Limerick City and County Council – Virtual Riverfest Limerick 2020
  • Mayo County Council – Virtual Mayo Day 2020


Outstanding initiative through the Municipal Districts

  • Clare County Council – Ennis Town Centre Mobility Plan
  • Cork County Council – Cork County Council Project ACT – Activating County Towns
  • Limerick City and County Council – PLACE EE (Platforms for Ageing Community Engagement- Exchange and Enterprise)
  • Longford County Council – Embracing Remote Working Technology to Support Community and Voluntary Groups
  • Monaghan County Council – Recreational Developments at Rossmore Forest Park


Enhancing the Urban Environment

  • Cavan County Council- Cavan Town Hall Theatre
  • Fingal County Council – Fingal School Streets
  • Limerick City and County Council – Living Georgian City Programme
  • Longford County Council – Albert Reynolds Peace Park Accessibility and Urban Connectivity initiatives
  • Louth County Council – Clanbrassil Street & St Nicholas’ Quarter Rejuvenation Scheme
  • Tipperary County Council – Glenconnor Hill Housing Development


Heritage and Built Environment

  • Clare County Council – Restoration and Refurbishment of The Turret Lodge
  • Cork County Council – West Cork Graveyards Project
  • Donegal County Council – Thatch Repair Grant Scheme
  • Fingal County Council – The Casino Model Railway Museum
  • Wicklow County Council – Our Wicklow Heritage – A Living Archive of Wicklow Communities


Disability Services Provision

  • Cork County Council – Castlemartyr Footbridge Scheme
  • Kildare County Council – Lilywhite Summer Home Olympics
  • Limerick City and County Council – Autism Awareness Training for Firefighters & First Responders
  • Wexford County Council – Min Ryan Park Communication Boards


Commemorations and Centenaries

  • Dún Laoghaire Rathdown – Divine Illumination – Oratory of the Sacred Heart
  • Kildare County Council – Commemoration of 1919 Kildare All-Ireland Senior Football Winning Team
  • Limerick City & County Council – Max Arthur Macauliffe Commemoration Ceremony
  • Longford County Council – Longford at War: Commemorating 1913 – 1923
  • Wicklow County Council – Wicklow Life: 1919-1923 War of Independence & Civil War years


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