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Zurich LAMA Awards Celebrate Ireland's Excellence

30th January 2010

This years Zurich LAMA Awards acknowledged the very best of Ireland's talent in local projects of Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure. Held in the Burlington Hotel on Saturday January 30th, the Zurich LAMA Awards, now in its 4th year, saw key representatives from government, heads of local authorities, construction and the corporate business community attend to show their support of the many finalists. Mr. Michael Finneran, T.D., Minister for Housing and Local Services was delighted with the attendance saying "tonight's nominated projects pay tribute to local authorities, individuals and private sector organisations whose work contributes to the quality of life of our local communities. I'm especially pleased to see that the achievements of both local government and the business community have been recognised. This reflects the reality on the ground where the public and private sectors work successfully together to yield real benefits to local communities."

Having revamped and revised this years categories to better reflect climate conditions, and further support nominees, the Zurich LAMA Awards provided a positive opportunity to commend individuals, initiatives, and projects of benefit to the community. Conor Brennan, Director of Broker Distribution at Zurich said "At Zurich we are delighted to again partner with the Local Authority Members Association in organising these awards. Last year's extreme weather events posed serious challenges for both Local Authorities and the insurance industry alike and these awards provide an important opportunity for us to come together and acknowledge the well planned and executed projects which enhance all of our daily lives. Our sincerest congratulations to this year's winners."

The Dublin region was the biggest winner on the night, scooping six prestigious Zurich LAMA Awards including the Clondalkin Credit Union for Best Commercial Building, Fr. Collins Park for Best Environmentally Friendly Initiative and Best Public Park, RUA-RED Arts Centre for Best Public Building and Best Arts Building and Meadowbrook Sports and Leisure Centre for Best Publically Funded Sporting Facility.

However the Capital weren't the only big winners on the night and was closely followed by Cork and Galway who each won three Zurich LAMA Awards. County Cork was recognised for the Youghal Leisure Centre as Best Recreational Facility, the ARC On-Line Newsletter for Best Use of External Communications and Hillback Developments for Best Developers. Local projects acclaimed on the night for the Galway region included Cuil na Canalach for Best Private Housing Development, Arus Cois Fharraige for Best Private Nursing Home, and NUIG Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre for Best Not Publically Funded Sporting Facility.

Cllr. Hugh Mc Elvaney, Chairman of the LAMA Association said "We are delighted to highlight and recognise excellence in construction at local, county and national level. Congratulations to all the winners."

A full list of the Awards' winners is available at