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Only two go forward to represent borough at IPB Pride of Place Awards

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Plans to have Keady represented in a prestigious awards competition to recognise the work done by local communities have been dropped.

The IPB Pride of Place Awards ceremony is due to take place in Ennis, County Clare, on Saturday, November 14.

As Armagh I reported in June, a Keady group had been nominated for an All-Ireland competition.

It was one of three going forward from the new Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

The IPB Pride of Place awards are organised in association with Co-operation Ireland, and the competition’s focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities.

Entries can only be made by local authorities and Keady was one of three chosen by the council, alongside the Scotch Street Youth Club in Portadown and The Right Key, based in Dromore.

It was in April that the three recommendations were made to the council’s leisure and community services committee.

But following some queries from councillors with regard to the Keady Group, clarification was sought by council officers.

A report was brought back to the September meeting of the same committee and councillors were told: “It is apparent the group’s composition and dynamic has changed and on this basis the Keady element has been deferred until 2016.”

Council officials will now attend along with representatives of the borough’s two remaining entrants.

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