Judges in the annual Pride of Place competition, which is sponsored by Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd, have already visited the picturesque village of Glounthaune in East Cork and are preparing in the next few days to check out Milford in North Cork and Goleen, West Cork.
The competition provides groups with the opportunity to showcase specific pride initiatives which will have long lasting and positive impacts on their society.
Activities may include the development of community centres, the tackling of social exclusion issues, the establishment of residents associations or the provision of childcare facilities.
It is a competition that recognises improvements made by local communities to create civic pride in their area.
The competition focuses on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area and is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its local authority programme in conjunction with the all-island Local Authority Steering Forum with officials from authorities in both parts of Ireland.
The judges saw first-hand the work of Glounthaune Tidy Towns last Friday.
They will visit Milford Community Council next Thursday and Goleen & District Community Council the following day.
Each of the community groups get to provide judges with a 30-minute presentation of their work, which is followed by a two-hour walkabout.
These presentations will highlight the work undertaken by the community groups in developing their entry submission and will demonstrate commitment, co-operation and spirit that exists in each area.
The three groups are representing Cork in the national competition.
Glounthaune is taking part in the 750-1,500 population category; Milford in the under 250 section; and Goleen in the Islands and Coastal Communities category.