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Kinsale wins Overall Winner of Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards 2020

Written by Robert McHugh, on 6th Oct 2020. Posted in General

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Kinsale has been named as Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town in the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards 2020, taking home the trophy and a cash prize of €50,000.

The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards – previously known as the National Enterprise Town Awards - bring business and community groups together to support local recovery and rebuilding. The initiative was fast-tracked to provide funding to winning towns in early October and directly assist their Covid-19 recovery.

The County Cork town, which has embarked on a “Kinsale Comeback Campaign” to attract domestic tourists, was revealed as the overall winner on Virgin Media Television’s Ireland AM programme this morning. The Rising Star Award, which recognises towns that have overcome major challenges, was won by Tallaght, County Dublin.

This year three special Covid-19 response awards were also introduced. Tramore, County Waterford took home a prize of €20,000 and claimed the Local Business and Community Response Initiative Award. Via Wings, a Dromore, Northern Ireland-based social enterprise, won the Local Community Enterprise Initiative Award and New Ross, County Wexford won the Local Town Promotion Initiative Award.

Congratulating the winners, CEO of Bank of Ireland, Francesca McDonagh said, "The enterprising spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude of our communities has always been strong but this is no ordinary year. Communities across the island of Ireland told us their stories and I’ve been really impressed by their sense of partnership, passion and ambition. This year’s winner – the town of Kinsale - is a wonderful example of those qualities and I congratulate them on everything they have achieved."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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