National spotlight on Love Gorey in local authority awards
The Love Gorey campaign received a great boost last week, when it was shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The promotional campaign for Gorey and North Wexford was nominated in the Outstanding Initiative Through the Municipal Districts section.
At the Awards ceremony in Dublin on November 22, representatives of Love Gorey – administrator Liz Stanley and content creator Deirdre O’Flynn – joined other nominees from Wexford County Council at the gala event. Wexford County Council was also nominated in three other categories – Best Library Service (Work Matters), Enhancing the Urban Environment (Library Park New Ross), and Commemorations & Centenaries (Redmond 100).
The Love Gorey campaign promotes Gorey and North Wexford as a premium place to live, stay, shop, eat, and play. Its aims include stimulating, promoting and animating tourism and visitors to Gorey and North Wexford.
“The nomination was a great validation of the work the Love Gorey committee and campaign do in showcasing how vibrant Gorey and North Wexford is,” said Amanda Byrne, Gorey District Manager.
Through its website, LoveGorey.ie, and social media channels, it highlights the diverse range of activities, people, and businesses in the area. It supports key initiatives in the area, including the Freedom Fit festival in February, the Market House Festival in August, and the Big Switch On of the Christmas Lights in November. Across its website and social media channels, the campaign promotes North Wexford to an average 50,000 people monthly. And its committee comprises representatives from Gorey Municipal District, Gorey Chamber, local businesses and the tourism sector.
The Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised. The Excellence in Local Government Awards are held in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with Minister of State John Paul Phelan a key speaker on the night.
Whilst an initiative in Ennis, Co Clare, won the award for Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts, the nomination of the Love Gorey campaign was a huge bonus in highlighting the attractiveness of North Wexford at a national level.