A Kerry organisation which works closely with families displaced due to the war in Ukraine has scooped national award for its efforts.
Tralee International Resource Centre was honoured for its work in integrating refugees at the prestigious Pride of Place community awards on Saturday evening in Dublin.
The centre took top spot in the community resilience category with judges praising their ongoing work.
“The impact of this group can be best judged by the testimony of its service users who attest to a wonderful service covering everything from family support to organised trips to the beach.
“The group’s dedicated staff and volunteers are making a significant difference in helping refugees and asylum seekers,” the judges said.
The awards ceremony was hosted by broadcaster Marty Whelan before an attendance of 400 people island at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.
Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 20 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.
President Michael D Higgins, who is joint patron of Co-operation Ireland, said the awards played an important role.
“The Pride of Place awards are a most important initiative, reminding us that creating societies that are ethical and inclusive is a task for all of our citizens, of all ages and circumstances,” he said.
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