Representatives of the Midlands Polish Community TV receive their prize at the awards in Athlone. Photo: Jeff Harvey.

Midlands Polish Community TV wins national digital award

A local project won the best newcomer category at the recent .ie Digital Town Awards 2024.

The ‘Midlands Polish Community TV’ project won the Newcomer category for its use of digital technology to support integration and inclusion amongst the Polish community.

A cross-county project, Driving Digital Education in the Midlands from Westmeath, Laois, Longford and Offaly which focusses on Digitisation, ICT, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering was chosen as the overall winner, after winning the digital education category.

.ie, the trusted national registry for over 330,000 domain names announced the winners of the .ie Digital Town Awards 2024 at a Gala event held in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, last week.

The awards are proudly sponsored by Square, the technology company that makes commerce and financial services easy and accessible and are supported by the Western Development Commission. Now in their 4th year, the .ie Digital Town Awards shine a light on local projects that have a digital element and promote the use of the internet and digital technologies. They recognise the positive impact of digital strategies in community organisations, town groups, regional or national collaboration projects, and individual businesses across the country. A total prize fund of €60,000 was distributed across nine categories at today’s gala ceremony.

Overall winner, ‘Driving Digital Education in the Midlands’ aims to embed digital education programmes in schools in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford. As an area that has been directly impacted by the green transition, the development of future skills in these communities to meet new industry demands is essential. The project has seen industry, government, and education stakeholders coming together to collaborate on digital education programmes for students and young people across the region.

MPC TV, is a part of the Midlands Polish Community CLG and was established in 2020 to support integration and inclusion. It gathers a group of multinational volunteers and video enthusiasts who are developing a pioneering opportunity in rural Ireland. It uses digital technology to tell stories from the community in a modern and interesting way by publishing video studio productions and a live broadcast of different events in the locality. Over 100 recordings and live streams have been produced and published on MPC-TV internet channel.