Finalists: Digital Rising Star

Castleisland – Castleisland Market Town: a new digital age

Castleisland Chamber Alliance launched new digital branding for “Castleisland Market Town” in late 2021 bringing a revitalised approach to local retail, businesses, tourism and heritage stakeholders. Uniquely, Castleisland Market Town has incredible legacy in its business community and many of its local businesses are two and three generational. This campaign focuses on the owner operated businesses and stakeholders coupled with digital innovation, introducing Castleisland Market Town to new audiences and reminds returning audiences about the wonderful personal and expert attention you will enjoy in the town. The main call to action of the campaign is” Pride in all we do”.

Cootehill – St Patrick’s Day celebration

They used social media and their new website to get the biggest engagement ever in the for their St Patrick’s Day Parade this year. Vivid online activity attracted national media coverage when Dermot and Dave featured Cootehill in several shows and sent their editor to participate in the parade. In a year where a lot of parades were cancelled Cootehill went bigger than ever. They used new online forms on their new community website for people to enter the parade and the new online community calendar to promote the weekend’s events.

Murroe – Scoutus Interruptus: How digital technology helped keep us scouting through the time of Covid

Murroe-Boher Scout Group is based Murroe, in rural Co. Limerick. They cater for approximately 90 young people ranging in age from 6-18 years. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, they turned to digital technology as a means of maintaining contact and scouting activities for their youth members, documenting their progress through their social media pages. What they thought was a temporary solution to challenges arising from the pandemic has actually brought a lasting change in how their group operates and engages, inspiring a more nuanced, creative and inclusive approach through the adoption of digital technologies.

Previously shortlisted in the Best Education category, Murroe-Boher Scout Group is again shortlisted here for its project  which has brought lasting change to how it operates and engages digitally with it’s youth members in a more child-centred way.

Urlingford –  Community Digital Equity

A ‘Self-Service Laptop Loan’ facility has been funded through the Community Activities Fund by Kilkenny County Council and planned in conjunction with the Urlingford Town Team and  Kilkenny Library Service and is available to anyone with a free library card. Having the laptops available in a dedicated library space allows the community to run Digital Skills Training courses for the elderly, CoderDojos for the youth in the community amongst other digital based projects such as language classes and online/hybrid chess clubs. The Team has also secured funding to set up a Remote Working Hub, which will facilitate those with careers in IT, financial services remaining in the community or for new comers to make Urlingford their home.