Coachford's high achievers
AT a packed function in Hogan's Bar, Coachford last Saturday night 22 individuals and groups were honoured for their achievements in sport, community work, and industry.
The achievers came from diverse areas and had excelled in different fields, and were honoured by Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane Community Council for the huge contribution that they had made to the community and the honour they had brought to the parish.
Chairperson of the Community Council Deirdre O'Donovan welcomed everyone to the awards and said "The people that have been chosen for tonight's awards have brought distinction to themselves, their families and their community. All of them started with a belief, a vision and a goal for themselves."
She said all of the nominees work hard in their chosen area. "Some of them train for hours on end, some of them show leadership and work at bringing people along with them, others work at planning for the future but all of them do what they do, not to achieve awards or recognition but to be the best that they can be," said Deirdre.
"We are in no doubt that the ceremony tonight is seen by all those nominated as a bonus rather tha a goal. Our nominee's first battle is with themselves, they must first believe that they can achieve their goals; they must then get up every time they get knocked back and get stronger with each new hurdle that they come up against. The great mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary said "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
"It is important for us as a community to take pride in your achievements, to be proud of you, to boast to those who will listen to us about the great and wonderful people that we have living among us".
There were five Lifetime Achievement Awards presented on the night:
* Judy Greene, Coachford was presented with a lifetime achievement award for the many years spent organizing and looking after the local Brownies and also for her work for other groups in the community.
* Dermot O'Leary, Coachford who retired recently as Postmaster received a Lifetime Achievement award for his work in the community, his years as a trustee for Coachford Community College, his vision and for his charity work.
* Olan Sexton, Rylane was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Rylane Bowling club for over 30 years
* Matt Martin, Coachford was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his years of work in the Community Council, the establishment and running of the Community House, his involvement with Coachford AFC and for his years of service to the community.
* Pat O'Leary of Coachford and Aghabullogue was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for teaching the children of Aghabullogue National School for 35 years and for his lifetime of dedication to education in the community.
Three local shops - Cremin's Aghabullogue; Kathleen's, Coachford and Crowley's, Rylane - were given achievements awards for their support of other local businesses, their support of local charities, organisations , schools and clubs and were honoured for their commitment and contribution to their community.
There were a lot of winners in the sports category. The two soccer clubs in the parish (Coachford and Rylane) picked up awards for the very successful seasons that they have enjoyed in the past 12 months.
Coachford AFC were also honoured for the huge developments undertaken at their grounds and the commitment into schoolboys football teams. James Flanagan was honoured for his achievements in Taekwando, Gordon Mangan for his commitment to underage Gaelic Football, the Dennehy children, Angela, Patrick and Tim for their achievements in national and international equestrian Eventing.
The juvenile trainers of Aghabullogue Camogie club were honoured for their dedication to the training of the young girls of the club and for their success.
Catherine Murphy was honoured for her achievement in representing Ireland at the World Transplant games, bringing home gold and silver medals and for promoting organ donation.
In the community section, Anthony Greene was honoured for his work for the Historical Society, Drama group and Coachford National School's Board of Management.
Michael O'Riordan, Coachford received an achievement award for his work with various charities and for his helping of the less fortunate of the parish and Nicola Doherty was honoured for her fundraising Munster cycle for the charity, Brainwave by cycling 300km in one day and raising over €4,000.
Tom Healy, Aghabullogue was honoured for his development of the Hunter Trials course at Clonmoyle, his tireless work for the Aghabullogue Hunt Club, his contribution to the equestrian world and contribution to the local community.
Deirdre O'Donovan thanked all those who had received awards and thanked them for their huge contribution to the community.
She appealed to all those present to get involved in the community if they're not so already.
Deirdre went on to thank the sponsors, the community council and the hosts for the evening, John and Siobhan Hogan.