Meath took four of the top prizes in the All-Island IPB Pride of Place Competition at a gala awards ceremony in Thomond Park, Limerick, atthe weekend.
Third Age, Summerhill, scooped the prize in Category eight, which a special award category for Active Elderly in the Community.
The judges said: 'This group has long since recognised the value of older people engaged and contributing in their own communities for as long as possible. Responsive and dynamic, the impressive number of services on offer continues to evolve as needs emerge and change. A local project has developed into a sophisticated, efficient and resourcefuloperation modelling a community where older people are valued, remain in the mainstream of life and enjoy good and effective relationships across the generations'.
Meath were also runners-up in three categories. Kilmessan, Co Meath took runner up prize in Category 4, for populations of between1000 and 2000, while Julianstown Community Garden, Co Meath took runner up prize in Category 7, a single issue category for Community Gardens. Hillview Estate, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath was runner up in Category 9, a single issue category for Housing Estates.
It was also announced that Julianstown Community Garden was nominated for the 2013 International Livcom Competition.
At the event the winners were congratulated and presented with their award by Jan O'Sullivan Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Christopher Moran Chairman Co-operation Ireland, Tom Dowling, Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee and IPB Chief Executive Ronan Foley.
More that 400 representatives from practically every county in Ireland attended the event where the winners of the 10th consecutive annual competition revealed. They were announced by Will Leahy, 2FM presenter.
During the evening, the Minister paid tribute to all the participating groups who work tirelessly to create and promote pride in their cities, towns and villages.
The All-Island Pride of Place Competition recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. It differs from other similar projects in that they specifically recognise the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration including, promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.
The competition is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with the Pride of Place Steering Committee. This year the competition has been renamed the 'All-Island IPB Pride of Place Competition in association with Co-operation Ireland' thanks to the sponsorship from Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd