.IE Digital Town Awards Shortlist 2023

.IE Digital Town
by Ally Smith
17 Apr 2023


The shortlist for the .IE Digital Town Awards 2023, in partnership with Vodafone, was announced today by .IE, the managers of Ireland’s trusted online .ie address.

Projects across 17 counties have been recognised for their use of digital technologies and innovation to transform or enhance towns and communities for the betterment of local people, communities, and wider society.

Following a competitive selection process by the judging panel, the wide-ranging list of finalist projects includes themes such as ethical and sustainable tourism, digital at the heart of the community, digital infrastructure, and using digital to tackle marginalisation and accessibility issues.

This year’s shortlisted projects cover the full spectrum of idea development and readiness, including those who are early in their digital journey as well as established, sophisticated projects. All are in with the chance of winning a share of the €100,000 total prize fund.

During the shortlisting process, the judging panel looked for digitally motivated community leaders who demonstrated digital thinking to creatively problem-solve and develop innovative ideas that disrupt and enhance towns and communities.

Congratulating the finalists, National Director, .IE Digital Town Programme Oonagh McCutcheon said “At .IE, our purpose is to enable and empower people, communities and businesses across Ireland to thrive online and we are advocates for all things digital at all levels. The .IE Digital Town Awards are a celebration of the incredible work being undertaken at a local level to promote innovation and breathe new life into local communities. The awards also afford the opportunity to recognise and show appreciation to the volunteers across the country who devote their spare time working tirelessly to enhance their local area, towns and villages and we look forward to celebrating all of our finalists at our Gala Awards ceremony in May.

Chair of the .IE Digital Town Awards 2023 judging committee Joan Mulvihill added ‘The calibre of entries we received for this years’ awards has been astounding – I speak on behalf of my fellow judges when I say that we were blown away by the wealth of stories and commend each and every entrant who took the time to complete an application.  The digital future looks incredibly bright when we look at adoption of digital technology to solve everyday problems in towns and communities across the country’.

The awards offer a prize fund of €100,000 which is split across the 10 categories. Winners will be announced at a Gala Awards event on Wednesday 24th May.

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The .IE Digital Towns Awards is an initiative of .IE, the national registry for .ie domain names.

See the list of finalists here