Kin­sale praised af­ter awards

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Der­mot­sRyan

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.

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