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Mayo County Council scoops hat-trick at LAMA awards


FESTIVAL FEVERThe Westport 250 celebrations were winners in the Arts and Heritage, including festivals, category, from left: Cllr Sean Power, LAMA Representative from Waterford County Council, Dermott Langan, Westport 250 committee; Catherine McConnell, Director of Services, Mayo County Council, Cllr Richard Finn, Cathaoirleach, Mayo County Council; Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA Executive and Peter Hynes, Chief Executive, Mayo County Council. Pic: Paul Sherwood

Michael Duffy

IT was all smiles for the Mayo County Council delegation at the Local Authority Members Association awards in Croke Park last weekend, with the council winning three awards, including the coveted ‘Council of the Year’ title.
The national awards recognise and celebrate community and councils working together, providing a great opportunity to highlight the work done within communities between local authorities and in bringing novel and progressive projects to fruition.
Mayo County Council were shortlisted as finalists this year for seven projects in total. In addition to the shortlisted projects, two Mayo projects were announced as national winners, the Westport 250 celebrations in the Arts and Culture (including festivals) category and the ‘It’s for Girls’ initiative by the Mayo Sports Partnership. 
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Richard Finn welcomed the great success by Mayo County Council at the 2018 awards.  
“I would like to acknowledge all of the projects that were submitted for this competition and in particular the seven projects that were named as finalists from Mayo. Significant work takes place all around this county where Mayo County Council and communties come together to deliver on new and novel initiatives that benefit all who live in our county. A well deserved congratulations to the two projects, Westport 250 and the ‘It’s for Girls’ campaign that won the  national award and finally a sincere well done to all on winning the coveted ‘Council of the year’ title. It really is a fantastic achievement for the county,” said Cllr Finn.
The other projects nominated were the ‘Wild Mayo’ promotional campaign (Best Tourism Initiative); Crossmolina St Patrick’s night festival (The Arts and Culture Category); Crossmolina St Patrick’s Night Festival (Community Volunteer of the Year)
Mayo Community Futures (Best community based initiative) School Wardens ‘Lollicops’ (Best community based initiative).

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