Inis Communications is delighted to confirm that the Donegal Connect 2019 project has been shortlisted for 3 All Ireland Community & Council Awards – otherwise known as the LAMA awards. The project has been nominated for its achievements in the digital marketing, tourism and arts categories, says Inis Communications director, Trish Hegarty.

Inis Communications delivered the PR and Marketing for the project, as well as providing Event Management services. “To say that PR and Marketing for Donegal Connect was a huge success, is an understatement,” says Trish. “It exceeded our highest expectations, reaching global audiences of over 70 million. Our #LoveDonegal Day campaign trended No 1 in Ireland and Northern Ireland, in the UK Top 30 and also trended globally and in the US.”

About Donegal Connect 2019

Donegal Connect was a collaborative project between the private and public sector in Donegal aimed at creating new opportunities for our county. The project aimed to engage with our Diaspora, both overseas and within Ireland, and anyone considering coming to Ireland. The aim was to entice them to make the journey to Donegal to find out why it is such a wonderful county to visit, to invest, to live, to set up or grow your business, to get educated in or trained, or to retire to.

The project was organised and delivered by a joint public and private sector management committee and a core project team made up of staff from Donegal County Council, including the Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Tourism and the Donegal Diaspora office. Trish Hegarty of Inis Communications was engaged to deliver PR, marketing and Event Management services to the project.

About the All Ireland Community and Council Awards

The annual awards are presented by LAMA – the Local Authorities Members Association – and IPB Insurance. The awards event recognises communities and councils across Ireland and takes place in Croke Park on Saturday the 15th of February 2020. Donegal Connect was a highly successful project

Hundreds of leading community organisations from across Ireland entered this year’s event, which boasts over 19 categories. Entrants of this year’s awards, which experienced the highest level of competition yet, were required to provide information on the project they were submitting, the people involved and their achievements over the past year.

Social enterprises, councils, organisations, projects and individuals working within the community all entered this years’ event. The main award, the much-anticipated Grand Prix title goes to the project that has received the highest level of recognition from judges. Last year, the prestigious title went to Louth County Council for their Sports Inclusion Disability Programme.

LAMA Awards 2020 Finalists

Speaking about the finalists who have made the shortlist for this year’s awards, Event Manager Michael O’Donoghue, said:

“We anticipate this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with many unsung heroes being recognised for their outstanding contribution to their communities. Competition remains high with so many inspiring projects deserving awards. With over 400 people attending this year’s event, it’s set to be a night many will remember as they continue to carry out inspiring projects that positively impact people and their surrounding communities.”

On the announcement of the finalists IPB Insurance Chairman George Jones said, “IPB is proud to partner with LAMA in presenting the All Ireland Community and Council Awards. The awards are an important national platform to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by local volunteers and communities in partnership with their local authorities right across the country. The vision, variety and social impact reflected by the initiatives shortlisted is hugely encouraging as we welcome almost 150 All-Ireland finalists to the awards this year from all 31 local authorities across the country. I would like to wish everyone nominated the best of luck on the night and continued success with their endeavours into the future.”

You can find out more about the awards here. Learn more here about Inis Communications PR and Marketing Services. Call us on 086 1740047 or email