Ten local voluntary groups in the South Dublin area shortlisted for Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards

By Mary Dennehy

TEN local voluntary groups have successfully made the shortlist for this year’s Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards, an impressive feat which sees 10 out of 85 national awards coming to communities across Tallaght, Clondalkin, Ballyfermot and Lucan.

All groups shortlisted are set to receive an award of either €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000 – money which comes from unclaimed passenger change.

Since 2004, more than 1,500 voluntary groups have been supported through the awards programme – with ten more local groups about to join the list.

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The Echo has learned that local groups shortlisted include, Clondalkin Localise, North Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Little Devils Parent and Toddler Group in Ballyfermot, Anam Cara Parental and Sibling Bereavement Support in Tallaght, Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre, Peamount United, Lucan, Music Parents Association in Ballyfermot, Down to Earth Community Arts, Tallaght, Ronanstown Community Childcare, Clondalkin, and Older Voices for Change, Clondalkin.

On September 23, the 85 recipients will attend a special ceremony in Croke Park which will recognise the difference they make and present them with a much-needed grant so they can improve their services and boost community spirit.

Commenting on the programme, Ray Coyne, the CEO of Dublin Bus, said: “Dublin is delighted to provide a programme that allows us to directly help local communities that use our services every day, in order to help raise community spirit and grow new projects.

“I would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted groups and thank them for their constant support to the community.”

Awards patron and former international footballer Niall Quinn, who will be present on the night, said: “The Community Spirit Awards began in 2004 and since I gave out those first awards over ten years ago I have seen the value and importance they have brought to communities.

“From essential building repairs to sport equipment, they have been an important assistance to community groups across Dublin and I look forward to seeing once again how this year’s awards will make a difference to Dublin communities.”

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