In the last two years Lough Gur has improved dramatically as everyone across Ireland found a greater appreciation for their outdoor places in recent times. In recognition of achievements including refurbishment of Lough Gur Visitor Centre, opening of a new lakeview playground, installation of the Lakeshore Park Kiosk along with placement of a full-time gardener on site, upgrade of public facilities and a range of extended services now on offer for all visitors, Lough Gur received recognition at the highly competitive IPB Pride of Place Award ceremony that took place in Killarney on May 16th. As an all-Ireland competition, to say that the standard was high is an understatement. Out of all 32 counties there was one winner from Sligo and 2 Runner Up Prizes. Lough Gur volunteers and community members were ecstatic to receive a Runner Up prize that is highly coveted and marks Lough Gur’s continuous improvement, pointing to the fact that the future is bright for Lough Gur. The Pride of Place Award specifically marks collaboration between local Council and community. Limerick City and County Council continue to positively and progressively support initiatives in Lough Gur for the benefit of all who visit there. Cllr Brigid Teefy formally put forward Lough Gur Development for nomination that was warmly appreciated by all involved.
Photo: L-R: Peter Sheridan – Chief Executive, Co-operation Ireland, Seamus O’ Connor (LCCC), Kate Carew, Kate Harrold Manager for Lough Gur, John Carew Community Sub-Committee Chairperson for Lough Gur Development, Eileen Humphreys (LCCC), Mayor Daniel Butler, Director Gordon Daly (LCCC), Kate Janeczek (LCCC) and Enda Devine, Executive Director at IPB Insurance,