CWF were nominated in two categories at the recent Spark Change Awards and were the winner in the Connector Award category for its innovative and impactful ways to engage multiple stakeholders or build networks to generate the transformational change needed to make the SDGs a reality.  The award ceremony took place in Dublin Castle on the 18th October.  Over the past year, dozens of community and voluntary groups have been working on local projects to make Ireland more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The Spark Change Awards highlighted these inspiring stories. Eleven organisations from across Ireland were shortlisted in six categories.  The awards were the culmination of Spark Change, a collaborative project of The Wheel and Trinity College Dublin, funded by the EPA. 

2019 was a good year for various group and individual members of CWF. Kilteevan Tidy Towns took Second Place in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Development Award, whilst Abbeyleix Bog took top honours in the Heritage category of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. Recently Girley Bog Meitheal was the winner of Creative Place Initiative category of the Pride of Place Competition. In October Tina Claffey was awarded an Honourable Mention at the International Photography Awards in New York for her book ‘Tapestry of Light’ on Ireland’s bogs and wetlands.

Pictured: Girley Bog Meaitheal members at the Pride of Place Awards Ceremony & Ned Gilligan & Eileen Fahy of Kilteevan Tidy Towns receiving award from Minister Heather Humphreys