A family resource centre and a man who has given six decades of his life volunteering were the main winners of the 2018 Cork County Mayor’s Awards.
A group behind a very successful family resource centre and a man who has given six decades of his life volunteering were the main winners of the 2018 Cork County Mayor’s Awards.
A total of 11 awards were presented on the night, including two overall winners.
The main Community Award went to Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre which, in 1991, began providing parenting and personal development classes along with homework, shared reading and adult education classes.
As demand grew the centre expanded by basic computer classes, a preschool facility, a breakfast club for children from the Traveller community followed by a homework club soon after.
Séan Murphy, from Youghal, was the recipient of the overall individual award.
He was recently honoured by the East Cork GAA Board for 54 years unbroken service and is currently the county president of Cork County Federation of Muintir na Tire.
The winners were picked from 34 nominations which came from across the county.
Three award winners were chosen from each of the council’s divisions — Northern, Southern and Western.
Those behind Dromahane Community Park group won one of the northern division titles for proving a gathering place for families and social groups as well as adopting the philosophies of both the Cork Age Friendly Alliance and Foróige to ensure participation of all members of the community, irrespective of age or ability.
The second northern divisional award went to the Old Kilcrumper Graveyard Friends’ Association who have completed outstanding work in cleaning the cemetery in Fermoy, renovating around 100 graves to date.
The third award in the division went to Wayne O’Donnell from Mallow who worked as a leader in Operation Transformation. Through his work on the RTÉ show, Wayne acted as an extremely positive role model for other young men throughout the country who are trying to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
The overall winners, meanwhile, were Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre and Sean Murphy, both nominated by the Southern division.
The other winner from that division was Sister Emmanuel Leonard from Cobh. She was one of the founding members of Cobh Youth Services in 1991 and is its current president.
Sr Emmanuel is also a founding member of Cobh No Name which is a youth group working with young people to help them have fun without drugs or alcohol.
Castletown kinneigh Ladies Club, meanwhile, won one of the Western division awards. The club has worked tirelessly in its community and held countless fundraisers for all kinds of charitable causes including Cancer Connect, Cork Penny Dinners, Dunmanway Meals on Wheels, Enable Ireland and West Cork Rapid Response.
Those who established the Lusitania Museum Old Head Signal Tower in Kinsale were the second divisional winner.
After many years of hard work they finally saw their dream come true on May 7 last year when the old signal tower was reopened along with a special memorial garden to those who lost their lives on the liner.
The final award winner in the division was Helen Dempsey from Skibbereen.
She is president of the St Vincent De Paul conferences in Bandon, Bantry, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen which has helped many people over the years.
Helen also set up the successful Skibbereen Walking Festival in 2017.
Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, said he was delighted to be able to highlight the achievements of the award winners.
The Dunmanway-based mayor noted an amazing 34 community groups and individuals had been nominated initially and chosen for the superb contributions and improvements made to communities across Cork County.
“That is a wonderful indictment of the culture that we have in our county and one which I am delighted to be in a position to recognise, and celebrate, at the Mayor’s Community Awards.”
Mayor Hurley went on to say: “I would like to see even more nominations for the Mayor’s Awards next year.
“I would like to see the ethos of volunteerism go forward and spread to benefit each other and for the benefits to ourselves. Any litter that is picked, any time donated, any thought shared, all go towards making our communities even stronger and create great places to live more happily.”
Above, Mary Keohane, Deborah Maguire and Sue Pamment, all from Blarney, enjoying the County Mayor’s community awards ceremony at Cork County Hall. Right: Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Declan Hurley makes the presentation to Sean Murphy, overall...
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Declan Hurley makes the presentation to the Old Kilcrumper Graveyard group of Robert Butterworth and John Fenton, at the County Mayor’s community awards ceremony for 2018 hosted by Cork County Council, at Cork County...
Aidan O’Sullivan and Louise Daly, Kilmurry, at awards event.