Letterkenny Wins Enterprising Towns Regional Award
Ulster/Connaught Regional Winners
Letterkenny and Donegal Town were among the 76 Towns and Villages shortlisted as finalists for these awards with Letterkenny taking the Connaught/Ulster Regional Award.
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle and Mayor of Letterkenny Jimmy Kavanagh attended the awards ceremony along with the Council’s Head of Tourism Barney McLaughlin. They were joined at the awards ceremony by Toni Forrester CEO of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Clare McNickle, Letterkenny Chamber Vice President and Ernan and Mary McGettigan from Donegal Town Community Chamber.
Also there representing Bank of Ireland were Jimmy Stafford and Barry Gallagher.
Speaking following the ceremony Cathaoirleach Cllr. McMonagle said that to have two towns from Donegal among this year’s finalists was a major coup for the county and Letterkenny receiving the Regional Award was a great vote of confidence in Letterkenny not only as a centre for businesses but also as a great place to live in.
Through this competition Bank of Ireland have identified six key qualities in the most enterprising towns and villages in the country:
Attracting large employers
Keeping sustainable small businesses going
Securing investment in local schools
Supporting community groups
Retaining local amenities
And more than anything, the people
Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh was also delighted to see Letterkenny win the Regional Award and paid tribute to the work of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce who has been to the fore in promoting the business interests in the town for many years. He also acknowledged the strong working relationship between Donegal County Council and the Letterkenny Chamber.
Speaking about the award Gerard McCormick praised in particular the Staff and Students of Loreto Convent who added so much to adjudication." The three students who presented on the day at the school were afforded a special mention on the night in Tullamore. They demonstrated their confidence, professionalism and really made all of us visiting that day so welcome. Their achievements in particular give us the confidence that the future of Letterkenny as an entperising town is in safe hands."
Toni Forrester, CEO who picked up the award on the night said "this was such a team effort. On the day of the visit everyone involved played their part in demonstrating to the judges that Letterkenny acts as a team. As we put toggether the presentationn we realised how much is really gpoing on in Letterkenny and how many people and organisations are involved in making it a success."
She also paid special tribute to Gary Glennon from LYFS who drove the judges round on the day.