Smiles all round as worthy recipients feted
THERE were smiles all round at Tuesday's Cork County Council Mayor's awards this week as it acknowledged people who work on a voluntary basis to help others.
The nominations from community and voluntary groups as well as individuals were made by the members of Cork County Council and Cork County Community and voluntary forum.
Duhallow nominees were also the forefront as Kevin Roche, who was a nominee got a framed certificate.
Mr Roche, who hails from Banteer was put forward by Cllr Dan Joe Fitzgerald (FF). While Kevin is recognised for his wide variety of contributions to his community, it was his capabilities one evening in April 2013, in which he helped to save the life of a player who collapsed on the local astro turf, marked him out as being a very special man. Kevin, who is involved in his local GAA clubs, both as a hurler and a footballer and he has also taken on the role of registrar. He has been active in the Banteer Sports Complex, since its foundation and is constantly seeking new ways of enhancing the services provided by the gym and astro turf. He has coached underage teams in Cúl camps and local youth camps over the years.
Staying with Banteer, Cllr John O'Shea (Ind) also nominated Banteer Community Sportsfield. This fantastic community hub opened in 1952 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. The Sportsfield includes a well utilised playground and outdoor gym along with a number of other recreational relaxing areas throughout the site. The certificate was received this week by Denis Withers and a number of local people who play an integral role in the success of the Sportsfield.
The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Noel O'Connor (FG) made 11 awards on the night, including three from each division- North Cork, South Cork and West Cork.