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04 Jul 2022

Leitrim heritage group named as national finalist in the Lottery Good Causes Awards

Leitrim heritage group named as national finalist in the  Lottery Good Causes Awards

The National Lottery confirmed national finalists for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2022. Sonya Lennon with Gráinne Seoige, and Jennifer Crowe Photo by MacInnnes Photography

The Cavan and Leitrim Railway group (Dromod) is amongst the thirty-five community groups, sports clubs and organisations from all over Ireland confirmed as national finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The group will now proceed to compete in the Heritage category of the 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.
With the help of Good Causes funding via The Heritage Council, the Cavan and Leitrim Railway (Dromod) group has  successfully restored a short section of the original narrow-gauge line that closed in 1959. The railway is run completely by volunteers from the ages of 18 – 70 and who come from varying backgrounds of society. 

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.”

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