The Irish Landscape Institute has awarded Eyre Square in Galway with the 'Irish Landscape Institute Design Award 2007'.
Galway City Manager, Joe MacGrath, in welcoming the award commented - "The award acts as a testament to the hard work and commitment of Galway City Council, including everyone involved in the Eyre Square Enhancement Scheme."
The award was given in the over-€1m design category.
Eyre Square has already won two national awards in 2006. Galway City Council received the award of Best City Street in the City Neighbourhoods Category for 2006 and also claimed the overall prize in the 2006 Best City Neighbourhood in respect of the Eyre Square Enhancement Project.
The enhanced design of Eyre Square is based on best modern European practice - providing a balanced solution to city centre recreational requirements and a wide diversity of activities for a range of interests, both to its citizens and visitors alike.
Eyre Square and Kennedy Park act as the primary civic space in Galway and create a setting for sculpture pieces and a place for performance and civic events. Eyre Square is now linked to the pedestrian spine of the city - creating an activity hub at the eastern end of the city centre.
The Irish Landscape Institute - as the professional body representing landscape architects in Ireland - has a Constitution and a Code of Professional Conduct. The institute has a membership of 160 - made up of full members, graduate members, student members - as well as honorary members and Fellows.