Cork's coastal town, 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 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 on Tuesday morning.
Kinsale is no stranger to these awards having been an overall category winner in 2018 and in 2019 with judges inspired by the town’s high standards and its ambition to be world-class in everything it does.
According to the judging panel, Kinsale town addressed every aspect of the town’s community and business life. This included health and wellbeing, social inclusion, the arts, the community school and its support for young entrepreneurs.
The judges were impressed with how the vulnerable were looked after and the town’s vision for the “business comeback” campaign.
“This picturesque harbour town is a beacon of hope and inspiration for others and proves what can be achieved by business and community working together to support each other.”
Twenty towns shared in the prize fund of over €200,000 and Clonakilty was runner up in the Local Town Promotion Initiative award category.
Bank of Ireland CEO 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. For most of this year we’ve all had to keep apart but that won’t stop us from working together.
The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards are positive proof that communities and businesses can and will overcome this challenge and I’m proud that we at Bank of Ireland can support them.”
The Awards are one strand of the Bank of Ireland “Begin Together” programme, a €4m three-year initiative to improve the financial, physical and mental wellbeing of Ireland’s communities.
In April, Bank of Ireland also donated a further €1m in emergency funding to communities with urgent needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.