‘Pride’ award for Old Head group
The Lusitania Museum/Old Head Signal Tower Heritage Group has won the Pride of County Cork Award in an annual competition organised by Muintir ná Tíre.
The competition, said Muintir’s Sean Holland, is aimed at making local communities conscious of their local environment and promotes litter free communities.
The outright winners restored the Signal Tower and the construction of a Lusitania Memorial Garden with an iconic sculpture on the Ballinspittle-Kinsale coastline.
Cllr Daithi O’Donnabhain, deputising for the county mayor, thanked organisers Muintir na Tire, and said: “This great competition rightly recognises and rewards community groups who develop and maintain locallybased amenities or projects which are of long-term benefit to the local community.”
Sean Murphy, president of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre, said the winning projects highlight the important link between our sur- roundings and our quality of life.
Category winners included Carrigaline Tidy Towns who developed a seating area in Bumblebee Plaza alongside a community herb garden which is pollinator friendly; and Ballincollig Tidy Towns who built a permanent composter for composting of leaves, grass and green materials.
Killeagh/Inch Historical Group, who developed a Heritage Trail in Killeagh, was the winner of the Heritage Awards project, ahead of Rathbarry Tidy Towns which focused on a wildlife amenity.
In the Social Inclusion awards, Mourneabbey Community Council built an astroturf pitch and a new playground for the community which was achieved without incurring debts while Berrings Community Association planted a wildflower garden, installed seats and planted shrubs.
Glanworth Community Development Group, who developed a children’s playground as part of a planned multiphase outdoors project, topped the New Entry Awards, ahead of Blarney’s Castle Close residents, Kilmeen and Castleventry Development Association and Newcestown Community Association.
In the Tourism Awards, the winner was Rosscarbery Tidy Towns which erected a new name stone on the approach to the town and placed a sculpture nearby made of upcycled material. Waterloo Renewal Group was runner-up with, Croi na Laoi Inchigeela, Schull Tidy Towns, Baltimore Tidy Towns and Brand Blarney all commended for various schemes.
Representatives of the Lusitania Museum/Old Head Signal Tower Heritage Group, Anne Mc Carthy, Con Hayes and Maria McLoughlin, with the Pride of County Cork Award 2018.