Ireland –-(Ammoland.com)- Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) hosted a very enjoyable function at the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise on Wednesday 14th November 2012 to present the inaugural annual CAI Conservation Project of the Year Award.
This Award was announced at the IRGA Conference at Moate, County Westmeath in November of last year by Marian Harkin, MEP and consists of perpetual trophy plus a 500 euro cheque for the winning project.
Atkinson Brothers, suppliers of vermin control equipment throughout the country, sportingly stepped in to present equipment to the value of 250 euro for the second placed award and the Irish Red Grouse Association presented the third placed project with a cheque for 100 euro.
Chairman, Vincent Flannelly, welcomed the large gathering to an historic night.
He congratulated this year’s award winners, but added that the real winners were Irish red grouse and stated his delight that the IRGA had achieved so much in two years. Vincent thanked the Committee for their great dedication, CAI for their continued support and encouragement, Atkinson Brothers for their sponsorship and in particular Pat Warner and National Parks & Wildlife Service for their support, advice and great co-operation.
Walter Phelan, who presented the first placed award on behalf of CAI (along with Pat Warner, NPWS), wanted to endorse everything good that had been said about IRGA.
The award winners were:
- First place: Clifden Red Grouse Conservation Group (represented by John O Halloran)
- Second place: Keadeen Red Grouse Project (represented by Seamus O’Neill)
- Third place: Peterswell/Kilchreest Gun (represented by John Leech)
Countryside Alliance Ireland has been active since the early 1960s, providing Irish sportsmen and women with high levels of information and advice and representation. Over the years as the political environment has changed we have evolved into a highly effective campaigning organisation. Countryside Alliance Ireland is governed by an elected “Board” made up from members throughout Ireland. The Board sets policy and oversees financial and operational matters. Countryside Alliance Ireland partner groups nominate members of the “Board” also, making it truly representative of country sports interests in Ireland. Visit: www.countrysideallianceireland.org