Cork gearing up for 2017 Person of the Year awards
The awards 'recognise importance of 'acknowledgement and encouragement'
On Friday, January 19 another name will be added to the illustrious list of those who have won the coveted title of Cork Person of the Year.
The winner or winners of the 2017 award, will be chosen from among the monthly winners and will be unveiled at a gala bash amid the salubrious surrounds of the Rochestown Park Hotel by MCs for the day, RTÉ'S Miriam O'Callaghan and David McCullagh.
One of the highlights of the Cork social calendar, the event will have extra special significance as it will mark the 25th anniversary of the awards initiative, the brainchild of Mallow man Manus O'Callaghan.
A large crowd of more than 250 invited guests, including many local and national personalties, will be in attendance to see the Cork Person (or persons) of the Year presented with their award by County Mayor, Cllr Declan Hurley and Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald.
Speakers on the day will include RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes and Tom Crosbie of the Irish Examiner, with Cork soprano Cara O'Sullivan also set to perform at the event.
The event offers people a welcome opportunity to come together and celebrate all that is good and great about Cork and the people who make it such a special place to live and work in.
While the winners of the 12 monthly awards come from widely different backgrounds and spheres of interest they have one thing in common - their achievements and the selfless work many have done on behalf of their communities deserves to be recognised.
As in previous years, the 2017 monthly winners epitomise the many admirable qualities that Cork people are renowned for - their warm, creativity, generosity of spirit and willingness to go that extra mile to achieve their goals. Event organiser and founder Manus O'Callaghan said the standard of last year's monthly award winners was once again extremely high.
"I am proud to be able to say that after 25-years these awards are still going strong and with so many worthy nominees in 2017 our judges, Tim Lucy, CEO of Cork County Council and Ann Doherty, CEO of Cork City Council, have a particularly difficult job on their hands to pick an overall winner," he said.
Manus said that when growing up in north Cork he did not see a lot of praise and encouragement going around
"The Ireland of my youth was more a 'spare the rod and spoil the child' place, a 'don't give someone a swelled head' type of a country. In these more enlightened times we appreciate the importance of acknowledgement and encouragement," he said.
He said that award schemes such as this are hugely important because by honouring people for their achievements and actions, "we inspire others so that they may In these follow in their footsteps".
"Hopefully, we have also achieved the original objective of this initiative , which was to promote Cork City and County, and perhaps most importantly of all, the people of Cork."
Past Cork People of the Year
2016: Gary & Paul O'Donovan
2015: John Looney
2014: Louise O'Keeffe
2013: Rob Heffernan
2012: Fr. Pierce Cormac & Bill Deasy
2011: Liam Casey
2010: Paddy O'Brien
2009: Conor Buckley
2008: Pat Falvey & Dr. Clare O'Leary
2007: John Fitzpatrick
2006: Dan Donovan
2005: Prof. John A. Murphy
2004: Roy Keane
2003: Fr. Sean Healy
2002: Adi Roche
2001: Gerry Murphy
2000: Sonia O'Sullivan
1999 : Jimmy Barry Murphy
1998: Kevin Downing
1997: Paddy Comerford
1996: Barry Galvin
1995: John Bermingham
1994: Dr. Michael Mortell
1993: Sr. Colette Hickey