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Golden Mile of Galway Awards 2015

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Overall winnners for 2015, Lisheenaheilta Golden Mile Group, Glenamaddy. In picture, Front Row: Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council, Cllr. Peter Roche, Mary Brosnan, Kayla Comer, Colette Ganley, CEO of GRD, Delia Colahan. Back row: Emma Comer, Mary Jo Comer, Teresa Comer and Mica Comer

Cllr.Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council and Ms. Delia Colahan, CEOGalway Rural Development presented the Golden Mile of Galway Awards 2015 and launched the Golden Mile 2016 Calendar in the Claregalway Hotel,  Claregalway on Thursday 17th December.  Over 200 people attended the launch.This year nine groups and organisations entered the competition. They came from all parts of the county, ranging from Aughrim to Ballymoe and Inis Oírr to Craughwell.

Cllr. Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach Galway County Council said ‘It is heartening to see the enormous voluntary effort, energy and hard work that the local communities and schools have put into this competition. One of the great elements of this project is that all age groups have been involved in various aspects of the work of presenting the Golden Mile for the competition.  It is also wonderful to see that the Méitheal is still alive and truly working in County Galway’.

Michael Burke, Galway Rural Development gave a presentation and photographic show of all of the miles that took part in this year’s competition, and these are available in the 2016 Calendar.

Ms. Delia Colahan, CEO, Galway Rural Development said  ‘The 2016 Golden Mile Calendar once again celebrates the commitment and energy of people living in small communities in Co. Galway; it also highlights their continuing strong links with the land and with each other. Roads in rural Galway have their own distinct personalities and stories and should be cherished, valued and preserved. I hope that as you look through this Calendar and enjoy this year’s “Golden Miles” you might give some thought to a mile that is golden in your locality and consider entering in the future’. 

The Golden Mile of Galway Competition is organised by Galway County Council, Galway Rural Development, Forum Connemara, Meitheal Forbarta na Gaeltachta, Comhdhail Oileáin na hEireann  and Galway County Heritage Forum with the support of the farming organisations. The  calendar is available from either Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway phone 091 509198 or e-mail or Frank Keane, Galway Rural Development, Mellows Campus, Athenry phone 091 844335 or e-mail


 Golden Mile 2015: Awards

Overall Winner: Lisheenaheilta Golden Mile Group, Glenamaddy

Community Effort, Litter Management & Road Safety (Tony Dervan, RIP Award): Ballymanagh Golden Mile Group, Craughwell

Natural Heritage:Cappataggle Heritage Group, Cappataggle

Built Heritage: Burren Lowlands Group, Gort

Best School Award:Scoil Chaomháin, Inis Óirr

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