Kinsale praised after awards
While no stranger to awards, Kinsale is a town which does not rest on its laurels. It’s a great place to live and work, with a strong community spirit and top-class volunteers, all of whom campaign and give hugely of their time to ensure Kinsale stays ahead of the game.
That was the message at an event at the town’s Bank of Ireland premises to mark Kinsale’s success as a population category winner (3,000-7,000) in the National Enterprise Town Awards.
Eilis Mannion, head of Bank of Ireland in Cork county, said it was a huge achievement for Kinsale.
Sponsored by the bank, it was the second year of the awards in which 83 towns were shortlisted, including four from Cork: Kinsale, Mitchelstown, Clonakilty and Mallow. She said Kinsale had put forward a very strong presentation which covered the past, the present, and the future and the judges were clearly impressed.
Special mention was given to Kinsale Community School and principal Fergal McCarthy, who had met with the judges on the day and explained how the school works with the community and why, and also how it is an integral part of Kinsale.
Cllr Alan Colman reflected on improvements in Kinsale over the last 20 years, especially with regard to schools and primary schools in particular. He complimented Kinsale College and spoke about how lucky the town is to have a fine third-level facility coupled with a great Community School.
He mentioned the many active community groups within Kinsale, in particular the Tidy Towns Committee.
Cllr Kevin Murphy, meanwhile, said the award was another huge step forward and spoke about the Inspired by
Kinsale initiative which looks at Kinsale’s prospects over the next 20 years.
He said Cork County Council is looking forward to continuing to work closely with Kinsale as the town continues to grow.
Meanwhile, Kinsale Chamber of Tourism and Business chairperson Guny Patel said she was proud and honoured to accept two awards, as well as the prize money of €13,000, on behalf of Kinsale.
She thanked Cork County Council, the many organisations within the town, Kinsale Community School and principal Mr McCarthy. She said the chamber very much looks forward to working closely with all groups to continue to promote Kinsale locally and nationally.