Dun Laoghaire Rathdown were delighted to attend the Pride of Place Awards ceremony which took place on Saturday 30th November in Lyrath Estate Kilkenny. Pride of Place is a national awards ceremony with groups represented from the four corners of Ireland and 2019 marked the 17th year of the event. The Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the wealth of people and projects across our country which all contribute to make this a vibrant place to live.
This year Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council were honoured to have four groups represented, Meadowlands Fitzgerald Park Estate Management, The National Maritime Museum, The Men’s Shed Forum and Making Connections. All of the groups who took part selflessly work to improve the areas where they live and we would like to thank them for their ongoing commitment and contribution.
The National Maritime Museum houses a treasure trove of maritime artefacts and stories. The museum is located in the former Mariners Church overlooking Dublin Bay from the South.
The museum’s greatest artefact is probably the building itself as it is one of few custom built places of worship for seafarers remaining intact in the world to-day. Over many decades, various pieces of memorabilia have been collected and donated. A dedicated group of local volunteers continues to maintain this key collection of valuable treasures and archival material.
The museum attracts large numbers of domestic and international visitors to the area and is a key tourist attraction. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is proud to support the funding of the museum and along with membership fees, entrance fees and numerous fundraising activities organised by volunteers the museum is able to keep its doors open seven days a week.