Kathleen a driving force in community

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 01/05/2014 | 05:26

A CASTLEMAGNER woman who has been a major driving force in her community for over two decades was honoured with a prestigious community award this week.

A CASTLEMAGNER woman who has been a major driving force in her community for over two decades was honoured with a prestigious community award this week.

Kathleen Moylan was honoured at the annual Cork County Council Mayor's awards this week. She was nominated by North Cork Independent, Cllr John Paul O'Shea.

Kathleen received the top prize at this year's Individual Awards for the North Cork region.

She has as been involved in Castlemagner Community Centre since the 1980s and has held the position of secretary for the past 22 years.

She has been driving force behind almost all initiatives to keep the community centre up and running as a hub of activity for the people in the region.

Kathleen's vision to bring people together led her to founding the Castlemagner Sinsir Club in 2010. This, based on Kathleen's view of the importance of the social needs of the senior citizen, is a group of people who now meet every Thursday and who partake in a wide range of different activities.

Food and tea is served, and people connect with each other in a social context. It includes everything from education on a range of diverse topics, yoga, talks by experts, music, the arts, hobbies, and a range of diverse interests to meet the needs of the senior citizen. This venture has been hugely successful and has fostered and developed a great sense of unity and community among the senior citizens of the parish.

A recent major project which she spearheaded was the production of Castlemagner Pictorial Memories - which showcases pictures spanning many decades. It's now become an album of faces, events and landmarks of the parish.

Cllr O'Shea, who nominated Kathleen for the award said that she has and is a "tremendous asset," to the community of Castlemagner over the years.

"Kathleen is always encouraging, friendly and warm - hearted and she is deeply appreciative of any help she is offered. She is humble, and reluctant to receive any limelight for the voluntary work she does so this award is an acknowledgement for her hard work in the background in a way that the public never sees," he said.

Corkman

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