Judges who visited two villages over the weekend will complete their inspections by Sep 17. Rathcormac and Tracton were scrutinised on Friday.
It will be the turn of Kildorrery and Freemount next month.
The competition, sponsored by Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd, recognises improvements made by local communities to “create civic pride” in their area. It also focuses on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that’s good about their area.
The competition is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its local authority programme, in conjunction with the all-island Local Authority Steering Forum.
Freemount Development Association in north Cork has entered the competition for the smallest villages in the country, which have a population of fewer than 200 people.
Kildorrery Development Community Association is in the next category for villages with a population between 500 and 1,000, while Rathcormac Community Council represents Cork in the 1,000 to 2,000 category.
Tracton, meanwhile, is in the larger category of more than 2,000 people.
Approximately two and a half hours are being given over to judging, and communities have an opportunity to make a 30-minute presentation highlighting any works recently undertaken.
The presentation is designed to demonstrate commitment, co-operation and spirit that exists in each area.
Each of the four groups is being supported by Cork Co Council and their respective local development companies as part of their drive to win the prestigious awards.