Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Award for Lower Ormeau group

(L-r) Laganbank Councillor Pat McCarthy and Irish President Mary McAleese with Lucy Rice and Gerard Rice of the Lower Ormeau Residents' Action Group at the All-Island Pride of Place Awards
2008 Pride of Place Gala Awards Ceremony held in Cappoquin Community Centre, Waterford. Winners Awards, Cities Category 3. President Mary McAleese with Gerard Rice, Lucy Rice and Cllr; Pat McCarthy, Lower Ormeau Residents' Action Group, Belfast City. Winners...Photo Sean Byrne....

The Lower Ormeau Residents’ Action Group (LORAG) received a top accolade at the annual Co-operation Ireland All-Island Pride of Place Awards, which took place in Waterford over the weekend.

The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, presented the group with the ‘Cities Category 3 Award’ given to the “best self-contained geographic community within city, with a population in excess of 5,000”.

The Pride of Place Awards recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships north and south of the border make to society.

Speaking about the award, Gerard Rice of LORAG said: “To be nominated by Belfast City Council for this award was one thing, but to be awarded it by an all-Ireland body is quite another.

“We thought we were getting recognised on the basis of our youth services but we were given special commendation for our work in welcoming newcomers to the area and for promoting a multi-cultural ethos for the wider community.”

Tony Kennedy, chief executive of Co-operation Ireland, said the awards had “highlighted local authorities’ commitment to supporting groups who undertake initiatives to improve their communities”.

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