‘Pride’ award for Old Head group

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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.

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