For the first time ever, Clifden won a major national award. The Galway County Council nominated Clifden as a potential winner for a Pride of Place award.
Described by the judges (who selected Clifden as a winner) as: “active, confident and self-sufficient, the community of this thriving town is well aware of the importance of sustainability. They continue to plan for it – with over seventy active organisations and a constant stream of national and international festivals. Aside from a robust tourism sector there is a significant service industry. It is very clear that this town is alive and well and recognises its own unique strengths.”
This award was initially proposed by councillor Eileen Mannion whereby the Galway County Council decided to nominate the town for a Pride of Place award. The project was spearheaded, managed and led by Declan Mannion who brought the various community groups together to showcase their talents, achievements and track record over the years.
Last Saturday night at a formal award ceremony in Thomond Park, Limerick, Clifden was presented with a magnificent Crystal plaque and a 1000 euro cheque for their outstanding community achievements. This award acknowledges the hard work, energy and commitment done by various community groups over the years, which makes Clifden a great place to live and visit.