Ballincollig are commended at the .IE Digital Town Awards 2022

Ballincollig’s ‘Gunpowder Mills: Mobile Phone App’ project was commended in the Digital Tourism category at an awards ceremony held yesterday.

The .IE Digital Town Awards honour local town projects and people that are using digital innovation, technologies, and digital-first thinking for the betterment of towns, citizens, and services in the community.

This year’s awards had a focus on communities and digital leaders that have adopted new ways of thinking to enhance localities through innovative use of digital tools to provide digital equity in the community, close the digital divide, facilitate emergency response, and improve digital infrastructure.

The awards were presented yesterday, at a virtual awards ceremony attended by Minister Damien English, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Ballincollig’s ‘Gunpowder Mills: Mobile Phone App’ entry was commended by judges for its digital pocket tour guide that allows users to explore the ruins of the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, the single largest industrial archaeological site in Ireland, established in 1794.

Congratulating the high calibre of entries, Minister English said:

“The awards are an important annual event that recognise the remarkable efforts made by our local digital champions who are determined to futureproof the places where they work, rest and play. The bar this year has been set exceptionally high, with many inspiring examples of digital leaders in our communities that are transforming local life and society in innovative and creative ways.”

There was a total prize fund of €100,000 across seven award categories. 13 counties had one or more project nominated including Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, and Sligo.


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