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CLASP Scoops Regional FÁS Award

Clare has produced a winner from the 1998 Community Initiative Awards which were presented on Monday, 29th June 1998 by the Minister for Arts, Culture, Heritage and the Islands, Sile de Valera. The mid-west region awards were presented on Monday in the Clare Youth Services Centre on Carmody Street. The Clare success was provided by the Clare LocAl Studies Project (CLASP), an independent organisation established by four members of the Clare County Library to develop awareness of and increase access to sources for local studies in Clare and to continuously strive towards improving on its training functions for young people who enrol on the project.

CLASP offers a comprehensive training package for all trainees. Practical training to date has included computer basics and applications, model making, historical research, design and construction of exhibition stands as well as marketing of publications, web site construction and training. One of the major features that has attracted young people to the CLASP Community Response Project is the high level of job placement that has been achieved. Now, this has been recognised by winning the FÁS award in the Environmental/Heritage category.

This is the sixth year of the FÁS Community Initiative Awards which were introduced to recognise and acknowledge the activities, commitment and effort of both the sponsors and participants on FÁS community projects. The awards were made in three categories. The Community Enterprise category centres around projects which encourage income generation and employment prospects while the Community Services project is aimed at augmenting services such as provision of information advise, sport and recreation services. Finally the Environmental/Heritage category, which was won by CLASP, involved the creation of genealogical research, theatre groups, artistic endeavour, community buildings and leisure amenities. The Community Enterprise award went to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. In September 1987, the community of Foynes began an initiative to commemorate the era of the “Flying Boats” when the transatlantic service operated in Foynes from 1939 to ‘45. The Community Services Category was won by Moyross Community Enterprise Centre which first opened its door in 1992. These regional winners will now go forward to compete in the National Finals scheduled to take place in Tralee later this summer. A specially commissioned award will be presented to the three national winners and one project will be presented to the overall FÁS National Community Initiative Award winner.

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