Taghmon's the pride of Wexford

VILLAGE SCOOPS NATIONAL TITLE

CONOR CULLEN

TAGHMON was the pride of Wexford last weekend as the village scooped a prestigious national prize and its community work was hailed as 'a wonderful success story'.

The winners of the 2010 Pride of Place competition were announced at a gala awards ceremony in Trim, Co. Meath, on Saturday night and Taghmon won category five, for areas with populations of more than 2,000, with Mountmellick's Christmas Tree Committee and Trim Tidy Towns the runners-up.

The concept behind the competition is to recognise the vital contributions that community groups make to society and the Taghmon entry – spearheaded by the Taghmon Action Group – was judged the nation's best large village in that regard.

The community of Taghmon were commended by the judges for their many achievements, from the extensive work on the appearance of the tidy village to their impressive new childcare development, Teach Spraoi.

The judges said: ' This community group, in partnership with the council, has changed the whole face of their locality. A remarkable number of achievements are now in place since they set up some years ago. Pride of place among these must surely go to their excellent community centre. The involvement of and the interaction with local business is making a big difference. In these straitened times, here is a wonderful success story.'

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey presented the group with a beautiful glass trophy and a cheque for €1,000 on behalf of Co-operation Ireland.

The group were congratulated by Wexford County Council chairman Michael Kinsella, who praised the committee members for their ' tireless work on behalf of the community'.

' This is a wonderful achievement for the local area and the people of Taghmon, who put their shoulders to the wheel and did an excellent job,' said Taghmon man Cllr Pat Codd.

'It's a great community and this shows that extraordinary things can be achieved when people work together,' said Cllr Codd.

The other Wexford entries – the Cornmarket Project and the village of Tomhaggard – were each shortlisted from respective categories.

' This is a notable achievement for all the Wexford entrants as Pride of Place is a prestigious competition, highly regarded across the Island,' said County Manager Eddie Breen, who thanked the Wexford entries for playing their part in showcasing the county.

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