Cloughjordan village won the 2014 National Green Community Award at the National Green Awards in Dublin. This is the third year in a row that the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee has accepted this prestigious award on behalf of the terrific local initiatives and enterprises that make the village Ireland’s leading green community.
The award was presented by Minister for the Environment and local Government, Phil Hogan.
The Cloughjordan submission highlighted the many achievements reached during this past year, including the opening of the MacDonagh Heritage Centre and new public library. The heritage centre, which opened last year, charts the life and times of 1916 leader Thomas MacDonagh, who was born and raised in the village.
The submission also highlighted the learning programmes at Cloughjordan Community Farm, the Eco-Neighbourhood’s winning of a “Green Oscar” at the 2013 UN International Living Community Awards in China, and Cloughjordan’s Pride Of Place journey. Another aspect mentioned was the EU / LIFE Cloughjordan / Scohaboy Raised Bog Restoration Project, This raised bog is one of the more southerly raised bogs in the country.
Also highlighted were the new WeCreate Enterprise Centre, the Eco-Village Eco-Learn programme, the Knockanacree Woodlands Trails Programme, the local car share system, the energy efficiency of Eco-Neighbourhood houses, with six per cent of Ireland’s A-Rated homes, and Ireland’s largest community renewable heating system.
The judging panel for the awards was made up of national and international figures and the judges said: “Cloughjordan continues to inspire and lead the way in sustainable communities”.
The committee is very grateful for all the support provided by both North Tipperary Leader Partnership and North Tipperary County Council in the helping them to win the award.