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Sunday 24 March 2019

County Mayor's Community Awards set to honour Cork's 'unsung heroes'

Former County Mayor Cllr Declan Hurley making a presentation to the Dromahane Community Park group of Cllr John Paul O’Shea, Lilian Meade, Mary Manning, Eileen Kelly and Ronnie Dunne at the 2018 County Mayor’s Community Awards ceremony
Former County Mayor Cllr Declan Hurley making a presentation to the Dromahane Community Park group of Cllr John Paul O’Shea, Lilian Meade, Mary Manning, Eileen Kelly and Ronnie Dunne at the 2018 County Mayor’s Community Awards ceremony

Bill Browne

The call has gone out from County Hall to people across Cork to nominate the individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to their local communities over the past year.

Nominations are now been sought for the annual Cork County Mayor's Community Awards Scheme 2019, with the winners set to be honoured at a gala bash in the County Hall later on this year. 

Now in its seventh-year, the scheme publicly acknowledges those whose tireless voluntary efforts on behalf of others, in conjunction with the County Council and other agencies, have helped helps draw their respective communities together. 

Past winners have been behind a wide variety of initiatives that have ultimately made their towns, villages and local communities better places to live and work in. 

The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, urged people to get their thinking caps on and nominate the all too often 'unsung heroes' they feel are worthy of being formally recognised for their hard work and dedication.  

"There are so many wonderful individuals and groups in Cork County that I want to afford recognition for the work they do. Their selflessness, energy and enthusiasm are what these awards represent," said Cllr Murphy.

"This wonderful scheme is about congratulating all those nominated for the enormous positives they bring to their respective communities.  Their selflessness, energy and enthusiasm are what these awards represent. This recognition will help encourage others to follow their lead and I look forward to meeting all nominees on awards the night, which is set to be a wonderful community orientated and inclusive gathering," he added.

Mayor Murphy will present a total of 11 awards on the night, including three from each of Council's geographical areas (north, south and west).  There will also be an overall Community & Voluntary award and one individual award winner, which will be selected from the nine recipients. 

"If you know of an organisation of individual that you feel should be  recognised for their efforts, contact a local County Councillor or member of the Public Participation Network (PPN) who will make the formal nomination," said Mayor Murphy.

The closing date for the receipt of nominations has been set for Thursday, February 28. For more information about the scheme and how to submit a nomination visit www..corkcoco.ie.

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