The Ellison Awards were set up in 1990 to commemorate Canon Ellison, who while ministering in Navan in the 1960s set up the local Meath Association of An Taisce with the aim of acquiring ownership of the title of the Boyne Navigation. They achieved this in 1969 when John Spicer signed the title over to An Taisce. Canon Ellison is author of a number of books including ‘The Waters of the Boyne and Blackwater’ (1983), and ‘The Hopeful Traveller’ (1987) which documents the life of Daniel Augustus Beaufort.
In previous years the awards were presented to people in County Meath who sensitively renovated old properties and gardens, added extensions to old buildings or built new structures that blended into the surrounding countryside. This year however we are including properties and projects from County Louth that meet the same criteria.
There are three categories of awards which are as follows:
Conservation and Restoration:
This section covers restoration of historical buildings, including churches, mills, gateways, bridges and other historical structures. It takes into consideration the usage of materials, craftsmanship and the context of the building. Previous winners of this section include Annesbrook Mill, Moynalty, the Sealock at Oldbridge and restoration of old water-pumping station, Kells
Good Planning and Design:
This category relates to new buildings and additions to historic buildings or landscape projects. Previous nominees were Ploughman’s Lodge, Kells, St. Patrick’s National School, Trim and Riverside Garden, Navan Town Council
This category relates to projects by groups or individuals that have a particular environmental and/or civic merit. Examples are re-cycling, litter collection, voluntary improvements to the visual landscape of a town or rural setting. It also includes school environmental projects. Previous award winners and nominees were the Community Garden, Julianstown, grounds of Agher Church, the Secret Garden, Church Street, Slane and reinstatement of the sand dune, Laytown.
If you know of any projects that merit an award, the Meath Association would love to hear from you. Anyone can nominate but must have the property owner’s permission. You can even nominate yourself. The nominations will be judged by an independent panel of experts who will recommend Awards under the various categories. Projects will be shortlisted over the summer months, following which nominees will be notified. Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in Killeen Castle in November.
The closing date for nominations is Monday 30th June 2014 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination forms can be obtained by clicking here!