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Thursday 17 April 2014

Tidy Tom is Blarney person of the year

Tom MacGrath, Blarney Person of The Year 2012, pictured with Blarney Community Council Chairman Kevin Conway, Blarney Chamber of Commerce Chairman Damian Boylan, Kate Durrant and Blarney Sergeant Pat Murphy. Photo: Kay Dennehy

THE hard work and civic dedication shown by one Blarney man was rewarded last weekend at the Blarney Person of The Year Awards.

The fourth annual award was presented to Tom MacGrath, chairman of Blarney Tidy Towns, at a special event in The Castle Hotel, Blarney last Saturday.

Also on the night the new B.A.R.T. (Blarney Area Rapid Text) was launched by Blarney community garda Sean O'Dwyer and Sergeant Pat Murphy.

BART, sponsored by Blarney Chamber of Commerce, is a free service where text messages from the Community Policing Unit at Blarney Garda Station will be sent directly to subscribers. The system aims to get urgent information to people living in the Blarney area in a fast and efficient manner.

Mr MacGrath was Blarney Person of the Month last April, and organisers say he received more nominations than anyone else since the awards began. His children outlined why he deserved the accolade.

'Dad has a very strong work ethic and any task he takes on he will complete. He's a tough cookie and often bears the burden of tasks,' they wrote.

'For years he looked after cutting the green areas in our home area of Elmcourt and at home there was always a composter on the go, way before it was fashionable.

'His long term work with Blarney Tidy Towns speaks for itself as you look around Blarney, and he really enjoys the commitment and comraderie from the hardworking group of people who work with him and willingly give up their time,' they added.

Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame award went to the 'famous' Collins sisters for their work hosting the annual coffee morning for Marymount Hospice for the last 18 years.

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