About the Awards
The .IE Digital Town Awards are the first pillar of activity under .IE Digital Town which has been developed to address digital enhancement and adoption in Ireland.
The Awards promote awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of digital in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. They also highlight the benefits and possibilities of digital and celebrate the digital achievements of local towns, big and small.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on our country. Digital offers the opportunity to create new ways of doing things, promote innovation and breathe new life into local communities, making them more attractive places to live and work as well as contributing to a more sustainable future.
The Awards are an ideal opportunity to raise the profile of your town, to help retain existing and attract new workers and residents to your town. A digitally advanced town can help attract investment from new employers from other areas nationally or internationally. It can also encourage additional investment from existing employers and support a start-up community. The .IE Digital Town Awards also create a great sense of pride in a town for residents and act as a catalyst for creating positive change for all.
We announced the 2021 winners and runners up on 10 June at a virtual Awards ceremony.
Dingle Peninsula was crowned the overall winner. View the full list of winners and runners-up.
In 2021 there was a total of 14 awards in a number of categories with a total prize fund of €100,000. 11 of the awards were for digital projects in towns of various sizes. In addition, there were three special award categories – Digital Changemaker, Digital Rising Star and Digital Hero.
Awards 2021 – Watch back
Our 2021 virtual awards ceremony took place live from the Killashee Hotel. We were delighted to have Minister Damien English, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in attendance.
We look forward to announcing details of our 2022 Awards in early 2022.
The .IE Digital Town Awards promote awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of digital technologies in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. It also highlights the benefits and possibilities of digital and celebrates the digital achievements of towns across Ireland.
As the national registry for .ie, the ccTLD (country code top level domain) for Ireland, we are also advocates for all things digital and encourage the uptake and use of internet and digital technologies for businesses, citizens and communities.
Small towns up to 2,500 inhabitants, medium towns between 2,500 – 5,000, large towns of 5,000-10,000 inhabitants and larger towns of 10,000+ inhabitants. Cities are excluded but distinct urban towns within cities are allowed up to 30,000 in population.
Yes, if a town has several qualifying digital projects they can be entered as separate projects.
Towns can enter digital projects demonstrating how digital approaches and/or technologies have contributed to the betterment of the town and the wider town community. Projects can relate to enhancements in areas such as health, education, tourism, business, community, social entrepreneurship & innovation, culture & the arts, population growth, employment opportunities, sport, local government, citizen involvement & inclusion, transport. Please see some examples of digital projects for reference.
An urban town is one that has a distinct identity within a larger urban area, for example, Malahide in Dublin or Salthill in Galway.
An active digital committee or group which encompasses the interests of the whole town and community is welcome to apply.
In 2021, there was a total of €100,000 in the prize fund. 5 towns won a best in category prize of €9,000 with 5 runners-up getting €5,000 each. The overall winner for 2021 was taken from one of the 5 category winners and received an additional €10,000. We also had two special awards for Digital Rising Star and Digital Changemaker, each being awarded €8,500. There was an award of €3,000 for the Digital Hero winner.
Applications will open in March 2022.
The prize money is intended to help towns develop digitally. This could include building a new town website, launching an App, developing a digital hub/coworking space, investing in digital signage, providing digital training and workshops etc.
A bank account is important for transparency and it must be a company, group or local council account and not a personal account.