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Louisburgh HQ wins €10k to develop ‘activity routes


Louisburgh HQ wins €10k to develop local ‘activity routes’ 

Louisburgh HQ is to receive €10,000 from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund to develop ‘activity routes’ in and around the west Mayo seaside town. Louisburgh was one of eleven non-profit organisations promoting healthy and active living in Ireland and Northern Ireland to benefit from the fund of €125,000.
The announcement, which was attended by Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, was made at the National Sports Campus in Dublin. Minister Ring applauded Coca-Cola Ireland for setting up the annual fund, which is now in its third year. “It is a very real example of business working to promote healthy, active communities,” he said.
Louisburgh HQ received the award to develop a potential of six activity routes. These routes will be used for cycling and walking by locals and visitors to the scenic Louisburgh area. The organisation’s twin goals are to highlight the area’s natural beauty and engage more people in exercise.
The award was collected on behalf of Louisburgh HQ by Caitriona Power of Moneen, Louisburgh, a graduate of GMIT in Galway, with a BBS specialising in Marketing. Caitriona worked with the Louisburgh HQ project throughout the summer and was the instigator of the application for the award. Cllr Austin Francis O’Malley also attended.
Louisburgh HQ is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2012 to develop enterprise, tourism and community in the town and surrounding area, and to create a vibrant and economically viable place to live, work and visit.  
Over 300 organisations applied for the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund this year. The sucessful projects were chosen following a public vote on the shortlist, which accounted for 50 percent of the final score. The judging panel included Sarah O’Connor, Chief Executive, The Federation of Irish Sport; Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive, The Wheel; James Laverty, NICVA; fitness expert Karl Henry; nutritionist Paula Mee; Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy; and Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland.