Taste Kerry And Banna Beach Events Nominated For National Awards

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Welcoming the Stranger by Catherine Young at Féile Fáilte, a day-long celebration of dance on Banna Strand, performed at Banna beach last year. Picture: Clare Keogh

FOUR Kerry projects have been shortlisted for the 2017 Excellence in Local Government Awards including a Taste Kerry event and an arts project performed at Banna beach.

The annual awards organised by Chambers Ireland in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The awards acknowledge the significant contribution local government makes to the local economy and society in communities across the country and emphasises a collaborative approach. They were established to recognise and foster excellence, best practice and innovation in local government.

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The four Kerry projects shortlisted are:

• The development of the new Milltown Community and Chamber Alliance under the Category of Best Practice in Citizen Engagement. The new group has been supported by the Community Unit of Kerry County Council and the South and West Kerry Municipal District

• Taste Kerry – the Kerry Food Experience, which promotes food and drink produce in Kerry, under the Category of Promoting Economic Development. The initiative has been supported by Kerry County Council’s Local Enterprise Office

• ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ which was performed at Banna in July 2016 as part of the Féile Fáilte festival with the support of Kerry County Council’s Arts Office, under the Category of Sustaining the Arts.

• The MacGillicuddy Reeks Habitat and Trail Repair Project – a Collaborative Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ) initiative with the support of Kerry County Council under the Category of Sustainable Environment.

The overall winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony in Dublin on  November 23. All shortlisted projects will receive a Citation of Best Practice and each local authority is considered for the Local Authority of the Year Award.

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