Men’s Shed Forum - Community Wellbeing Initiative
The Men's Shed Forum in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown consists of representatives from eight men's sheds across the county. It is coordinated by a 'Shed Support Volunteer' from the umbrella organisation, the Irish Men's Shed Association, which all men's sheds are affiliated to. The men's sheds are building the wellbeing of men in the community, tackling social isolation and loneliness. The camaraderie between the men is second to none and all the participants are volunteers who give up their time and energy to support their group, giving them 'pride of place' in their respective communities
The Maritime Museum - Community Tourism Initiative
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 to ensure they are preserved for future generations. A dedicated group of volunteers from the local community continue 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.
This years winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.