Gráinne Seoige to present Awards ceremony for third consecutive year
A residential workspace for artists, a community project supporting the integration of migrants through free English classes, a sports partnership determined to promote inclusivity throughout their club and a group who work with young people who are at risk of going into foster care, are amongst the thirty-five community groups, sports clubs and organisations from all over Ireland who were today announced as national finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The Awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who, with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.
Each of the 35 finalists will now receive €1,000 and a hand-crafted trophy and proceed to the grand final in which there are seven categories: Arts & Culture, Community, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Irish language, Sport and Youth. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which takes place on Saturday 1st October in the Kilashee House Hotel, Co. Kildare, where each of the seven category winners will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will take home an additional €25,000.
Gráinne Seoige, who will host the awards for the third consecutive year, said: “While last year’s event truly was unique as we had to go virtual due to the Covid restrictions in place, I am looking forward to meeting this year’s fantastic finalists in person. Hearing stories of triumph, strength and endurance have stood out as highlights from my previous two experiences of presenting the Awards and I am certain that this year will be no different. Seeing how communities from all over Ireland help and look out for each other is a truly inspiring part of the night and one that I am looking forward to playing a part in.”
Speaking at the announcement, Sonya Lennon who is Chair of this year’s judging panel, congratulated the 35 finalists who have reached this stage of the Awards process.
“Last month, we announced 118 County winners from all over the country who all had such inspiring stories about the work they do within their communities. Narrowing that same list down to 35 finalists was certainly not an easy task as all of the entries were truly moving. The entire judging process has really proved just how important the Good Causes Awards are in recognizing the incredible work being carried out by groups all over the country. I am now looking forward to meeting the finalists and hearing even more about the wonderful work they all do.”
Sonya Lennon, who is Chair of this year’s judging panel, was photographed at the announcement along with Gráinne Seoige, who will host the Awards ceremony later this year, and Jennifer Crowe, the National Lottery CSR and Good Causes Relationship Manager.
The 35 National Lottery Good Causes Awards finalists are below. More information on the finalists and the National Lottery Good Causes Awards can be found at: www.lottery.ie/good-causes-awards/finalists
Arts & Culture
- Aisling Byrne (Run of the Mill Theatre), Kildare
- Caoilinn Handley, Dublin
- Mother Tongues, Dublin
- The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Monaghan
- Waterford High Hopes Choir, Waterford
- Cú Chulainn Bloodbikes, Monaghan
- Irish Red Cross Clare, Clare
- St. Francis Hospice, Dublin
- The Melting Pot Community Society Ltd, Roscommon
- Third Age Foundation CLG T/A Third Age, Meath
Health & Wellbeing
- Ability Equine Assisted Therapy, Meath
- Cian’s Kennels CLG, Longford
- Laois Domestic Abuse Service, Laois
- Strandhill Community Park, Sligo
- Wicklow Rapid Response, Wicklow
- Birdwatch Ireland, Wicklow
- Cavan and Leitrim Railway (Dromod), Leitrim
- Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC), Kildare
- Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary, Clare
- Waterford County Museum - Gallowshill Project, Waterford
- Conradh na Gaeilge, Dublin
- Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Galway
- Muintearas Teoranta, Galway
- Na Gaeil Óga, Dublin
- Raidió na Life, Dublin
- Clare Local Sports Partnership CLG, Clare
- Dundalk Sub Aqua Search & Rescue, Louth
- Nobber GFC, Meath
- Park Rangers AFC - Female Focus Campaign, Waterford
- Shankill Tennis Club, Dublin
- Castlegregory Community Golf Course Association, Kerry
- Down Syndrome Limerick Youth Club, Limerick
- Foróige Connect, Mayo
- South Dublin Taekwondo CLG, Dublin
- The Rainbow Club Cork, Cork
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage, and the Irish Language. In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2021 alone, €289 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.
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