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CLASP Wins National FÁS Award

Clare Local Studies Project, CLASP, has been awarded one of three Special Merit awards at the 6th Annual National Community Initiative Awards in Tralee. The award was presented to CLASP Chairman Noel Crowley, by the Minister for Public Enterprise, Mary O’Rourke, T.D. on Thursday, 27th August, 1998.

Out of a total of 3,000 projects, CLASP had been selected for the final shortlisted 30. The awards are divided into three categories : Community Enterprise, Community Services and Environmental/Heritage. In the latter category, CLASP won the National Special Merit Award, competing against such major projects as the Marley Park House Project (Rathfarnham); Dublin Heritage Group (Dublin Corporation Public Library’s research project); Millmount Museum Project (Drogheda); Leitrim Sculpture Centre (Manorhamilton) and the Cobh and Harbour Chamber of Commerce Project.

CLASP is an independent organisation set up by four members of Clare County Library to develop awareness of and increase access to sources for local studies in Clare. CLASP offers a comprehensive training package for all its trainees, including computer literacy; historical research; design and construction of exhibitions; fine arts; preparation and marketing of publications; website design; work experience and placements. One of the major features that has attracted young people to the CLASP Project - and indeed was a major factor in its success in this competition- was the high level of training and job placement that has been achieved since its foundation in May 1995.

CLASP wishes to thank all its many friends, who have contributed in so many ways to its success, and in particular the magnificent support it has received from FÁS. It has been a marvellous week for CLASP. The award followed on the praise heaped upon CLASP publications during the Merriman Summer School (by such Merriman lecturers as archaeologist Carol Gleason and Professor Brian Farrell) and the recent edition of Ireland’s premier book reviewing journal Books Ireland.

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