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Pride of Place Awards 2020

Group at Fore

The ‘Pride of Place’ competition is a great chance for local communities in County Westmeath to let more people know about the fantastic work, community spirit and collaboration that makes your village/area/estate/community one of the best places to live. Over the years, the Pride of Place competition has honoured the hard working people who come together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area.

This year's Pride of Place Awards were held online on Saturday 21 November on the Pride of Place website hosted by Marty Morrissey.

We were delighted to hear that Fore Heritage & Amenity Group came runner up in the Category Community Tourism Initiative.

Fore is a small community, working to create a vibrant creative rural tourism collective.

Two years ago the Fore Group established North Westmeath Creative Tourism with the key objectives of involving every member of the community in tourism, foster entrepreneurship, and help their volunteers gain training and expertise in tourism.

Their focus has been on the importance of an authentic experience, the extraordinary stories of the people that live there, and how they are the most important feature of the area.

Using the concept ‘Wishful Thinking’ the community now use the area to host growing, biodiversity development, sport, wild swimming, angling, painting, found landscape art, dollmaking, stick making, potters, stonemasons, musicians, dancers and events led by children and teenagers.

Tourism and the outdoors are important and helping everyone to play their part and belong to this beautiful creative community is a wonderful experience.

This group of people have demonstrated resilience, community spirit and pride in both the people and the place.

Congratulations to Fore Heritage & Amenity Group

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 26/11/2020