The town of Ballina was triumphant in the Bank of Ireland ‘Begin Together Awards’. In July Bank of Ireland launched its 2020 Begin Together Awards with a prize fund of over €200,000 to support towns across the island of Ireland as they reboot and recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Ballina won the award for the population 7,001-14,000 category, with a prize of €10,000.

The judges said Ballina “has turned the negative of Covid-19 into positive, as people worked together to tackle dereliction, improve biodiversity and support businesses and community organisations” in responding to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to #TeamBallina and everyone who contributed to this Meitheal effort. Ballina.ie & Ballina Chamber of Commerce, Ballina Community Clean Up Ballina Costume Company, Mayo County Council and all the groups and individuals who contributed to the video and presentation.