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Racing Home for Easter Festival

  • Tuesday, 12-July-2011

Racing Home for Easter Festival: After just 2 years in existence, Mallow’s Racing Home for Easter Festival has been shortlisted for the national “Festival of the Year” award by Chambers Ireland and because of their role in supporting and facilitating the event, Mallow Town Council has also been nominated for the Town/Borough Council of the Year Award.

Now in it’s 8th year, the 2011 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, are designed to highlight the positive ways in which Chambers and local authorities can work together to benefit their communities.

The awards acknowledge and encourage best practice and constructive initiatives by local authorities and to enhance the positive relationships that already exist between chambers, businesses and their respective local authorities.

The Racing Home for Easter Festival has been shortlisted in the “Festival of the Year” category, which specifically examines how Chambers and local authorities such as Mallow Town Council can not only co-operate, but go that extra mile to ensure progress is achieved for the wider community.

Mallow Town Council have always supported the festival, from councillors attending regular festival meetings and giving the committee valuable feedback and information regarding funding, planning, legislative issues to more practical assistance such as the provision of electricity points, water, skips and refuse collection during the event itself.

Festival chairperson Mary Kelly is thrilled. “Mallow Town Council has been behind the Racing Home for Easter Festival all the way. It’s amazing to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award but we’ve worked very hard over the last 2 years to establish the festival, both locally and nationally, and for the joint efforts of the festival committee and Mallow Town Council to recognised is absolutely terrific and a great boost ahead of 2012. We also have to acknowledge the part played by Fáilte Ireland in supporting our festival financially, allowing us to promote it on a national scale.”

Mayor of Mallow for the 2011 event, Councillor Willie O’Regan feels that “due to the growing co-operation between the Town Council and Mallow Chamber means that Mallow is already a winner as a result” Cllr O’Regan says the nomination is “a testament to the efforts by Mallow Town Council, Mallow Chamber and other local organizations such as the Rotary Club, to reach out to the local community and to bring fresh impetus to Mallow”.

Chamber President Pat O’Sullivan echoes those sentiments. “Year on year, we can see the support and momentum behind the festival growing, from local businesses as well as Mallow Town Council. In order to boost business, we need to boost morale in Mallow. The festival attracts thousands of people to Mallow and that, in turn, can only be good news for our local retailers. It was always an ambition to re-establish a festival in Mallow, but one that reflects the great community spirit in the town and shows what we as a town have to offer. It’s with thanks to the support of local businesses and Mallow Town Council, that ambition has come to fruition over the past 2 years.”

The awards ceremony will be held in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on November 9th 2011.

For further information, please contact: Sara McMahon, SmackPR, 086 2180969

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