Parkrun is recognised for the impact it has on community

By William O'Connor

A PARKRUN in Lucan was among the winners at the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards in Croke Park on Saturday.

The prestigious LAMA awards recognise and celebrate community groups and councils working together across Ireland.

127 LAMA Awards 2020 compressor

Sarah McCormack of Healthy Ireland presenting an award to Mayor Vicki Casserly

They highlight the extraordinary work carried out within communities and reward unsung heroes for the phenomenal contribution they make throughout the year.

With over 200 entries received, there were 24 well-deserving winners crowned in the various different categories with the Parkrun in Griffeen Park winning a gold prize in the Community Health Initiative.

Now in its 14th year, Mayor Vicki Casserly picked up the award with Cllrs Liona O’Toole, Ronan McMahon and Brian Lawlor.

The Parkrun in Lucan started in 2013 as a free, weekly timed 5k event. The objective was to provide an organised safe outdoor activity that individuals and families could participate in. Over the course of five years the organisers have introduced a further six events all using public parks.

Commenting on the winners at this year’s awards, IPB Insurance Chairman George Jones said, “The vision, variety and social impact reflected through the community projects shortlisted is hugely inspiring.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners chosen from over 150 All-Ireland finalists. Community spirit is the cornerstone of Ireland’s societal heritage and therefore it is very important that we continue to recognise the valuable work being undertaken at a grassroots level.

I would also like to compliment all 31 local authorities across the country that continue to give great leadership and support to their communities in creating better places to live, work and socialise.

I wish everyone involved continued success with their endeavours into the future.”

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