Two groups in Ballyshannon have picked up three nationally recognised honours.
Ballyshannon Town Council has been short listed for two LAMA Awards, one in the Council of the Year category, the other in the Gathering Event of the Year.
Meanwhile, Ballyshannon based swimming club, Marlins, has been shortlisted in the Local Sports club of the Year category.
Cllr. John Meehan nominated the Marlins Swimming Club and is delighted that they have been shortlisted following their fantastic achievements in Community Games last year.
Mayor of Ballyshannon, Cllr. Meehan expressed his delight at the announcement saying that “it was a fantastic achievement for a town like Ballyshannon to be shortlisted for three national awards.”
He went on to say that “the calibre of our nominated projects have been acknowledged as they have been successfully shortlisted and I am delighted that our Town will yet again be showcased on a national stage.”
The awards will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Saturday 25th January and will be presented by Miriam O’Callaghan.
As the Awards move into their eighth year, the awards acknowledge the important role that business, communications, and tourism play on both a local and national level in conjunction with councils
In The Gathering Event of the Year category, sponsored by The Gathering, other nominees along with Ballyshannon 400 include: Aer Lingus Etihad International Hurling; Battle of Vinegar Hill; Feakle Health Conference; Forgotton Irish; In Humbert’s Footsteps; Rose of Tralee Wall of Honor. In the sports category other nominees include: Ballinasloe Town AFC; Castle Tennis Club; Geesala Boxing Club; Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club; Lucan Sarfields GAA Club; Naomh Seosamh Cumann Peil Gaelach (St Josephs GFC).
Nominees in the Council of the Year sponsored by IPB Insurance are: Ballyshannon Town Council, submitted by: Donegal County Council; Louth County Council, submitted by: Louth County Council; Galway County Council,submitted by: Galway County Council; Westmeath County Council, submitted by: Westmeath County Council.