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2016 Roscrea Enhancement Awards Presented

Thursday, 29 December 2016

2016 Roscrea Enhancement Awards Presented thumbnailCongratulations to Ard Ross Residents Association, winner of the Best Overall Roscrea Enhancement Award 2016 sponsored by Roscrea Credit Union and facilitated by the Roscrea Enhancement Committee

THE presentation of the much anticipated 2016 Roscrea Enhancement Awards took place over the last number of weeks and in a change to last year's awards ceremony style presentation, this year members of the Enhancement Committee travelled to each of the award recipients to present their individual Award.

Speaking this week, the Chairman of the Enhancement Committee, Brian King, congratulated all the winners and in particular he acknowledged the overall winner Ard Ross.

Mr King said that before any arrangements were made for the Awards this year, numerous people were contacted, including all the sponsors, prospective participants and the local authority to see if they would support the new format - which they overwhelmingly did.

Mr King said that the awards would not be possible without the support of local sponsors and warmly thanked his own employers Roscrea Credit Union and its Chairman Sean Hogan, SuperValu Roscrea and its proprietors Brian and Bernie Colclough, Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce and its President Seamus Browne, Tesco Roscrea and Monica Kerins, Milltown Garden Centre and Paul Davy, Roscrea Tidy Towns and its Committee members and Chairman Denis Ryan and Tipperary County Council.

The overall winner of the 2016 Roscrea Enhancement Awards was Ard Ross, who Mr King said deserve 'great credit and great praise' for their work over the past year in particular.

Mr King said Caroline Creamer and her Committee had achieved so much in such a short period of time and that made them very worthy winners.

Ms Creamer said the residents of Ard Ross were delighted with their Award and said receiving the award on the site of their most successful project this year will make the memory of receiving the Award extra special.

On behalf of Ard Ross, Caroline thanked the Enhancement Committee and the sponsor of the overall prize, Roscrea Credit Union, for their support. Chairman of Roscrea Credit Union and also a member of the Enhancement Committee, Sean Hogan, said that the Credit Union was very happy for Ard Ross and all the award recipients.

The Chairman said that knowing Brian King so well as Manager of the Credit Union his decisions are not made without a lot of consideration and that the evening and morning spent presenting the awards was a testimony to that decision.

Trudi O'Leary, owner of Roscrea Travel said that she and her staff were thrilled to receive the Roscrea Enhancement Award for the best-presented premises.

Ms O'Leary said it was a wonderful opportunity to meet members of the Enhancement Committee and sponsors of the Award, Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce, and show them around the recently purchased and refurbished building.

Chamber President Seamus Browne congratulated Trudi and said it was a great idea this year to go out and meet the individual winners. Seamus thanked Brian King for reporting each month to the Chamber on how the Enhancement Plan is progressing and that he had no doubt that nobody gets more frustrated than Brian King in terms of progressing the plan at a faster pace.

The Chamber President said that both he and Brian often propose at Chamber meetings that it is 'vital for future investment in the town and that we deal with the challenges presented in-house as best we can while projecting the town publicly in the best possible light for future investment.'

The Most Innovative Project Award this year was presented to Ashbury Residents Association for their project focused upon a 1916 bench and garden which was officially launched in late November.

Tommy Murphy thanked Brian and the Enhancement Committee for all their support and encouragement. Mary McNamara, who Brian King congratulated on the double as Mary has recently written her first book of poems, thanked the Award's Committee and thanked the sponsor Brian Colclough and SuperValu Roscrea for all their support.

Mr Colclough said that what appealed to SuperValu most this year with the awards was the opportunity to get out into the community and visit estates such as Ashbury, adding 'this is what companies need in terms of their sponsorship arrangements and the new format should be welcomed.'

The 'Best Green Area in a State Award was presented to last year's overall winner of the Enhancement Award, Gleann Glas.

James Byrne accepted the prize on behalf of the committee and said it was a great honour for the estate to be amongst the prize winners once again this year.

Mr Byrne said that he had spoken to Brian King in advance of this year's awards and really felt that the whole process was more engaging than the formal set up of the previous year.

The Chairman of the local estate's resident committee took the opportunity to give members of the Enhancement Committee a tour of Teach Na Gréine and said that this is an example of the opportunity presented by the new format, for estates to really demonstrate to the wider community the great work that they do which might not necessarily be widely known.

Mr King said that Gleann Glas were wonderful ambassadors as the first overall prize winners and thanked Paul Davy from Milltown Garden Centre for sponsoring the Award. Unfortunately, Paul could not be present on the day but he asked the Chairman of the committee to pass on his best regards to Gleann Glas and all this year's participants.

The Best Youth Development Award went to Colaiste Phobal for their contribution to the 1916 garden.

Michael O'Connor, Principal,said that the acknowledgement by the Enhancement Committee of this work was much appreciated and that he is very much aware of what the Enhancement Committee is trying to achieve and enjoys seeing updates on the plan which appear in the local papers.

Teacher Ann Marie Mullen said that the students really enjoyed getting involved in the project and that the students are very creative and the Enhancement Award is just the icing on the cake. Billy Newman (Colaiste) thanked the Enhancement Committee and all the students for what turned out to be a wonderful project, while Monica Kerins from Tesco Roscrea said that Tesco was once again delighted to support the Enhancement Committee Awards this year.

Monica said that Tesco do what they can to support the local community and this is evidenced by all the support that they have provided to local clubs and organisations down through the years.

The Most Valuable Voluntary Contribution Award went to Roscrea Men's Shed and Brian King said that the Men's Shed was very deserving of the prize in recognition of the great work they do in Roscrea on a daily basis.

Neil Guerin, Chairman of the Men's Shed, thanked the Enhancement Committee for their Award and thanked the sponsors, Roscrea Tidy Towns, for their support.

Denis Ryan, Chairman of Roscrea Tidy Towns, said that the Men's Shed now contribute very significantly each year to the overall work plan of the Tidy Towns and this support is greatly appreciated.

Two new Awards this year included the Best Building Renovation Award, which was won by the Villa Marie Nursing Home, while the Best Presented Business on an Approach Road Award was presented to St Cronan's and both Awards were sponsored by Tipperary County Council.

The Enhancement Committee thanked the General Manager of St Cronan's, Patsy King, for the warm and enthusiastic welcome that greeted the Enhancement Committee upon their arrival, adding that everyone made a massive effort to greet their visitors and were ever so gracious and proud to receive their award.

Brian King said that St Cronan's Centre plays a massive role in the social fabric of Roscrea. and spoke about the great projects St Cronan's immersed themselves in over the years - such as the great support that they give to Special Olympics and events like the recent celebration for Jo Jo Cunningham.

Patsy King, General Manager of St Cronan's said that the Enhancement Committee could not overestimate what the award means to St Cronan's and that recognition means a lot to everyone in St Cronan's.

Ms King said that the Enhancement Committee were doing great work, a lot of it behind the scenes and with time and patience she had no doubt that Roscrea would enjoy the fruits of that labour.

Commenting on the Awards, Brian King said a big thank you again to all the sponsors and all those that entered this year's competition.

Next year he plans to encourage the Committee to consider an even simpler way for community groups to engage with the awards and said it's nice to do something different.

Mr King said he couldn't thank Marion Carey or Cllr. Michael Smith enough and said that both Marion and Michael care very deeply about Roscrea and the Enhancement Plan and that the great work and support they give to helping with the organisation of the Enhancement Awards deserves to be recognised.

With regard to the Enhancement Plan itself, Mr King said that he 'would love to accelerate the development of the plan and like many other groups in Roscrea the Enhancement Committee is shouting as loud as it can to ensure Roscrea is prioritised for development.'

'The signage strategy for Roscrea has taken up considerable time this year. Numerous workshops and consultations took place and it is expected to have a plan in place in early 2017,' he said.

'The challenge then like all plans will be it'simplementation and at least once a plan is in place work on sourcing funding can commence. A plan for Gantly Road is also in development but again once the plan is in place the challenge will be sourcing funding for its implementation,' the Chairman said.

Mr King said it was great earlier in the year to see so many people to attend a consultation evening and discuss their ideas for the area. The Enhancement Committee is also communicating with the Community Action Plan Committee to come up with some alternatives for the toilet area in the main town car park - while work also continues on plans for Castle Street and in particular the Castle setting.

Cllr Michael Smith added he can sense the frustration that they can't deliver on the Enchantment Plan all at once and said that a lot of work goes on in the background to help ensure progress.

Cllr Smith said he would like to acknowledge the voluntary effort of all those involved in the Committee and said that he hoped to see many of the exciting projects outlined by Brian King coming to fruition over the next year.

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