2018 Cork Per­son of the Year to be named

JOE SCH­MIDT SET TO BE MADE AN HONORARY CORK­MAN AT GALA BASH

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

ON Fri­day, Jan­uary 18, an­other name will be added to the il­lus­tri­ous list of those who have won the cov­eted ti­tle of Cork Per­son of the Year dur­ing a star-stud­ded gala bash in the Rochestown Park Ho­tel.

One of the high­lights of the Cork so­cial cal­en­dar, the event will see more than 250 guests come to­gether with em­cee Claire Byrne to cel­e­brate all that is good and great about Cork and the peo­ple who make it such a spe­cial place to live and work in.

While the win­ners of the 12 monthly awards come from widely dif­fer­ent back­grounds and spheres of in­ter­est they have one thing in com­mon: their achieve­ments and self­less

Cork per­son(s) of the month: Jan­uary:

Kevin Jans­son, who is a Cork clas­si­cal mu­si­cian.

Fe­bru­ary:

Dr Con Mur­phy for his ser­vice to Cork GAA work many have done on be­half of their com­mu­ni­ties de­serves to be recog­nised.

As in pre­vi­ous years, the 2018’s monthly win­ners epit­o­mise the many ad­mirable qual­i­ties that Cork peo­ple are renowned for – their warm, creativ­ity, gen­eros­ity of spirit and will­ing­ness to go that ex­tra mile to achieve their goals.

Awards founder and or­gan­iser, Mal­low na­tive Manus O’Cal­laghan, said he was proud to say that af­ter 26 years the awards were still go­ing strong.

“With so many wor­thy nom­i­nees in 2018, our judges, Tim Lucy, CEO of Cork County Coun­cil; and Ann Do­herty, CEO of Cork City Coun­cil, will have a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult job on their hands to pick an

March:

Mary Crilly, di­rec­tor, Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Cen­tre in Cork.

April:

Her­bie Hen­drick, con­duc­tor, Cork But­ter Ex­change Band.

May:

Vera Twomey, med­i­cal cannabis cam­paigner.

June:

over­all win­ner,” he said.

Mr O’Cal­laghan said a num­ber of spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions will be made on the day, per­haps the most notable of these be­ing to Ire­land rugby head coach Joe Sch­midt, who will join the likes of Michael Flat­ley and Jeremy Irons as ‘Honorary Cork­men’. He will be in­tro­duced on stage by rugby com­men­ta­tor and an­a­lyst Donal Leni­han.

Jour­nal­ist Fer­gal Keane OBE will be in­ducted into The Hall of Fame, and RTÉ Na­tion­wide pro­ducer Eoin Ryan and pre­sen­ters Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin will re­ceive an award to mark the pro­gramme’s 25th an­niver­sary.

Mr O’Cal­laghan said he was de­lighted to be able to an­nounce these spe­cial awards.

“Cork is a big rugby town and county, and many Corko­ni­ans ad­mire the work of Joe Sch­midt in bring­ing Ire­land to the top of the world. Cork play­ers such as Peter O’Ma­hony,

Conal Cree­don & Liam Ron­ayne, for their con­tri­bu­tion to the arts.

July:

Davy Rus­sell, jockey.

Au­gust:

Louise O’Neill, writer.

Septem­ber:

Eilíse Ire­land and Si­mon Mee­han, award-win­ning Don­n­cha O’Cal­laghan, Ro­nan O’Gara, all past Cork Per­sons of the Month, have also played a big part in Ire­land’s suc­cess over re­cent years.

“BBC spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent Fer­gal Keane OBE will be present with his fam­ily to re­ceive the Hall of Fame award, which is only the se­cond time we have pre­sented this award in our 26-year his­tory. The Na­tion­wide team will also be there on the day as we cel­e­brate the suc­cess of their show”, he added.

science stu­dents.

Oc­to­ber:

Danny Mc­Carthy, sound and per­for­mance artist.

No­vem­ber:

Sanita Pus­pure, World Cham­pion rower.

De­cem­ber:

Michael O’Flynn, chair of Liam Miller Com­mit­tee.

Oc­to­ber win­ner, Mal­low’s Danny Mc­Carthy with Manus OCal­laghan

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