Community recreational facility gets nod for award

Published 01/05/2014 | 05:26

ALONG with Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo, the other big Muskerry-based award winner was the Clondrohid Community Recreational Facility.

This group won the Southern Division's top awards at the County Mayor's Awards on Tuesday evening.

This group were nominated by Cllr Michael Creed for their successful provision of facilities in the Lee Valley area.

The established AstroTurf facility in Clondrohid is freely available to local schools and clubs and since it opened in 2011, and has been a major success. The facility has been used by over 30,000 children and 12,000 adults every year.

Clondrohid Community Recreational Facility has more recently added a 250 metre running track, outdoor gym and community walk and a new kitchen in the local community hall.

"All of this is due to the exceptional innovative and creative ideas of this group as they continue to strive to improve the facilities within the local area," said Cllr Creed in his nomination.

Clondrohid Recreational Facilities Ltd chairman Noel McDonagh said the mayor's award was great recognition for a lot of hard work carried out by "a load of people" in the community.

"The award is great for people because, often, there can be very little recognition of all the work people put in," said Mr McDonagh. "We're involved with a very good group."

Holding a lot of praise for Cork Co Council, and other supporters such as LEADER and Eirtricity very little recocnition for the work people, Noel said the award was very well deserved by a lot of local people.

"Another good thing is that the award says they [co council] see us as a credible bunch of people and they might say 'we'll support them again'.

"It was very nice to be recognised and we were really delighted with the award.

"I think it will give people momentum all over again and, hopefully, the encouragement to strive to do another year's work," added Noel.

He said the next item on their agenda is to flood-light the new running track - a move he expects will double the numbers of people using the facility over the winter months.

There were a number of other, very worthy local groups who were also nominated for the 2014 awards. These include:

Inniscarra Special Olympics Club

Category: Community and Voluntary Groups

Nominated by: Cork County Community & Voluntary Forum

The Inniscarra Special Olympics Club changes lives. Special Olympics is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. It's about fun, friendships and team spirit; it's about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving the quality of life. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know how they can fit in.

The Club is based in Inniscarra Community Centre and is open to anyone with an intellectual disability within the immediate locality.

At the awards ceremony at Co Hall on Tuesday County Mayor Cllr Noel O'Connor "this ceremony is a celebration and acknowledgement of the individuals and groups that work on a voluntary basis to help others; to acknowledge publicly the work of volunteers and to recognise the communities that work together to improve their surroundings and the environment."

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