A wonderful night for Kerry’s selfless helpers
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.