A won­der­ful night for Kerry’s self­less helpers

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - KERRY COMMUNITY AWARDS - By FER­GUS DENNEHY

THE hard work and self­less ef­forts of some of Kerry’s most hard­work­ing com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer groups were re­warded last Thurs­day night in an all round whole­some award cer­e­mony in the Dromhall Ho­tel in Kil­lar­ney.

There was a won­der­ful and re­laxed at­mos­phere through­out the night’s cer­e­mony as 20 projects from all around Kerry, each rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent group and dif­fer­ent walk of life, were in­vited on stage to col­lect ei­ther their Gold/Sil­ver awards and a cheque of ei­ther €500/€1,000.

The night was em­cee’d by the al­ways ex­cel­lent John Breen. He was fol­lowed by speeches from Chair­per­son of the Kerry Com­mu­nity Awards Com­mit­tee, Bill Mor­rell, Cathaoir­leach of Kerry County Coun­cil, John Shea­han, The Ker­ry­man Ed­i­tor, Kevin Hughes and guest speaker Paudie Healy, each of whom em­pha­sised the amaz­ing work and im­pact that the lo­cal groups have had on the lives of their com­mu­ni­ties.

“No mat­ter how big or small a project is, we look for one thing and that is im­pact. Tonight in this room, there are 20 groups that have all made an im­pact in their own way,” said ed­i­tor of The Ker­ry­man, Kevin Hughes, speak­ing on the night.

“From help­ing to keep out streets clean and pre­sentable, through to pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that helps to change lives, each group tonight has made an im­pact in its own way,” he fin­ished.

After much de­lib­er­a­tion, the Kerry/ Cork Health Link bus was named as the over­all win­ner on the night, to great ap­plause.

Another suc­cess­ful year and well done to all in­volved.

Kerry Com­mu­nity Awards com­mit­tee Maura Fitzger­ald, Mark Whe­lan (back) Bill Mor­rell Chair­per­son, Sean Quin­lan, Nick Ryan, Kevin Hughes Ed­i­tor The Ker­ry­man and Bren­dan Do­ran at the Kerry Com­mu­nity Awards.

Glen­beigh Com­mu­nity Coun­cil Geral­dine Mur­phy, Anne McKenna, Joan Con­nor, Vera O’Sul­li­van (back from left) He­lena Switzer KCC, Ger Burke, Tony McSweeney, Christy Killeen Chap­ter 23 Credit Union and Kathleen O’Con­nor at the Kerry Com­mu­nity Awards cer­e­mony.

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