12th November 2021

Ennis Chamber wishes Clare County Council well in Excellence in Local Government Awards

On Thursday November 18th, a virtual ceremony will take place to announce the winners of the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2021.

These awards showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised. The Excellence in Local Government Awards are hosted by Chambers Ireland and held in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Clare County Council has been shortlisted in eight categories.

President of Ennis Chamber, Darragh McAllister said, “We wish the best of luck to CEO Pat Dowling, and his team at Clare County Council at the Excellence in Local Government Awards on Thursday next, November 18th. Clare County Council and its staff have given tremendous support to the business and wider community in Clare especially over the past 19 months of  the Covid Pandemic. It is noteworthy to be shortlisted in eight categories,  and we hope to see Clare County Council  pick up some silverware to reflect this achievement.”


Categories in which Clare County Council are Finalists 


Supporting Sustainable Communities

Clare County Council – Cappa Village Enhancement strategy

Fingal County Council – Gearing Up For Training

Laois County Council – Abbeyleix Community Climate Action Project

Monaghan County Council – County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan

South Dublin County Council – Redevelopment of Killinarden Park and new Green link


Health & Wellbeing

Clare County Council – ‘Not Around Us’ Towards a Tobacco/Vape Free Clare campaign

Cork City Council – Sports on the Green

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown – Cuairt agus Cultúr 2020

South Dublin County Council – Zooming through Lockdown

Wicklow County Council – Virtual Couch to 3K – Walk to Jog Programme


Supporting Tourism

Clare County Council – Share Clare Tourism Marketing ‘Resource Bank’

Kerry County Council – Safe Destination Kerry Programme

Limerick City and County Council – 50 Days of Summer

Monaghan County Council – The Patrick Kavanagh Centre and the branded Kavanagh Trail

South Dublin County Council – The Dodder Greenway

Wexford County Council – The Celtic Routes Project


Local Authority Innovation

Clare County Council – Online Ethics Register

Fingal County Council – Inside Fingal Podcast

Kerry County Council – – Dynamic Purchasing System for Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Works

Kildare County Council – Local Authority Climate Action Training Programme

Limerick City and County Council – ‘Council Connect’ Staff app

Longford County Council – Longford County Council Strategy and Guidance for Rural Working Hubs

Meath County Council – MCC Connect App

Monaghan County Council – Virtual Reality 360-degree tour and house inspection app

Roscommon County Council – My Online Services

South Dublin County Council – Tallaght District Heating Network


Sustainable Environment

Clare County Council – Demonstration of biodiversity management in public open space/recreational areas

Cork City Council – Climate Action Committee – Local Scale Air Quality Monitoring System

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council – dlr’s Coastal Mobility Route

Kildare County Council – Kildare Green Kilometre

Monaghan County Council – Reclaimed Asphalt Pilot Scheme

South Dublin County Council – SDCC Pollinator Action Plan 2021 – 2025


Age Friendly Initiative

Clare County Council – Clare Digital Smartphone Project for Older People

Cork City Council – Cork City’s Age Friendly Covid Response

Meath County Council – Meath Purls of Wisdom – Joint Age Friendly & Climate Action

Monaghan County Council – It’s good to talk GAA

South Dublin County Council – Policy for Rightsizing and Allocation of Age Friendly Accommodation


Initiatives through the Municipal Districts

Clare County Council – Restructuring of Municipal Districts to improve community and economic outcomes

Meath County Council – Meath County Council Municipal District Allocation Scheme

Monaghan County Council – Clones Town Interactive Heritage Tour


Enhancing the Urban Environment

Clare County Council – Drain art – Ennis

Cork City Council – Re-Opening a More Resilient Cork City Centre

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – Blackrock Village – Liveable Space

Kildare County Council – Kildare Market Square Tactical Urbanism Covid-19 Response Pilot Project

Kilkenny County Council – Ferrybank Neighbourhood Park

Tipperary County Council – Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Smart Space Project




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