There's good news for Ballina this morning, as the north Mayo capital has been named a winner in the 2020 Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards.

The awards recognise business and community groups who have come together to support their local area in rebuilding and recovering from the impact of Covid-19.

Ballina won the award for the population category 7,000-14,000, which carries 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 bio-diversity and support businesses and community organisations" in responding to the challenges of the pandemic.

Clonbur in Co Galway won the award in the under 2,000 population category.

There were 21 awards in total, while Kinsale in Co Cork was the overall winner, and named Ireland's Most Enterprising Town for 2020.





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