They came in their dozens; TDs, local representatives, council CEO Paddy Mahon; volunteers, clients and well wishers, to Lus na Gréine Family Resource Centre (FRC) in Granard last Friday morning as judging got underway in the national Pride of Place competition.
Cathaoirleach of Longford Co Council Cllr Mick Cahill paid tribute to the community efforts made by many people across the county.
“I am always amazed at the good work that is done here; the amount of people that come to this centre - old and young - and all that is achieved here,” he said.
“This is a marvellous service and Pride of Place provides all of us with an opportunity to recognise the great work that is carried out by services like Lus na Gréine.”
Making her presentation to the judges, manager of Lus na Gréine Eileen Finan said the event was about the community, volunteers and the voluntary board of management at Lus na Greine.
Lus na Gréine was established in 2007 and was the 100th FRC to be commissioned by the late Minister Seamus Brennan.
The aim of Lus na Gréine, Ms Finan said was to improve the wellbeing of parents and children through the normal challenges of family life.
For more details on all the Pride of Place Longford enterants, see this week’s Longford Leader.