Lough Gur Pride of Place – Pictured from left to right are Peter Sheridan – Chief Executive, Co-operation Ireland, Seamus O’ Connor (Limerick City and County Council), Kate Carew, Kate Harrold Manager for Lough Gur, John Carew Community Sub-Committee Chairperson for Lough Gur Development, Eileen Humphreys (LCCC), Mayor Daniel Butler, Director Gordon Daly (LCCC), Kate Janeczek (LCCC) and Enda Devine, Executive Director at IPB Insurance.
Over the last two years, Lough Gur has worked towards dramatically improving its tourism offerings
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue
On Monday, May 16, Lough Gur was honoured in the Best Community Tourism category at the IPB Pride of Place Awards in Killarney.
The all-island competition celebrates the efforts made by communities throughout Ireland, making their place the best place to live. The focus of the Pride of Place Awards is to bring people together to shape, change and improve the daily lives of those in their communities.
Lough Gur was formally nominated by Cllr Brigid Teefy, a gesture warmly appreciated by all involved in the collaborative project between Limerick County Council and the local community.
Over the last two years, Lough Gur has worked towards dramatically improving its tourism offerings, as people across Ireland found a deeper appreciation for the outdoors due to the Covid-19 lockdowns.
Works included the full refurbishment of Lough Gur Visitor Centre, the construction of a new playground designed to capture the imagination of young visitors, and the arrival of the Lakeshore Park Kiosk, which offers tourist information and refreshments to visitors.
Public facilities also received a facelift, and a full-time gardener was brought on board to keep the County Limerick destination looking its best.
The Lough Gur team’s hard work paid off when they were announced as the runner up in the Best Community Tourism category at the Pride of Place ceremony. The centre’s continuous improvement and bright future was acknowledged during the award presentation.
Additionally, Limerick City-based street art project Draw Out Limerick received a runner up accolade in the Creative Place Initiative category. The popular community organisation was honoured for its passion and initiative, and for placing a strong focus on community engagement.
Destinations from 32 participated in the competition, with the overall winners hailing from Sligo.
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