Wednesday 19 June 2019

Recognition for Cork's high achievers

Bill Browne

The north and mid Cork areas were well represented at a special Mayoral reception held in the Vertigo Room at County Hall to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups from across the Rebel County. 

Among those to be honoured were Ballyhea woman Brenda O'Connell-Barry, who just last month was unveiled as the 2018 CarePlus Carer of the Year. 

She received the award for caring for her son Fionn, who is believed to be the only person in Europe with the rare NACC1 genetic mutational condition. 

Brenda herself suffers from the debilitating illness Systemic Lupus, undergoing chemotherapy treatment to relieve the pain, and also cares for her mother who recently had a cancer diagnosis.

Deirdre Linehan, a member of Mallow Toastmasters Club, was recognised for her success in the regional round of Toastmasters and her participation in the World finals in Chicago, while the all-conquering Scoil Bharra Ballincollig girls football team were honoured for 2018 Scaith na Scoil victory. 

Young Mallow golfer James Sugrue was honoured for collecting his first international senior Irish cap and for winning the Fota Island Gold Resort tournament and the Fermoy Senior Scratch Cup.  

Five-decades after becoming the first and only team from Cork to win the All-Ireland Presidents Trophy, the Mallow Lifesavers Team were finally honoured for their achievement by the local authority. 

Speaking at the reception County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy said he was delighted to be able to recognise the group of 'remarkable achievers" from across Cork County. 

"I am truly delighted to host such an evening and congratulate each of the recipients, from my own behalf, on behalf of all the members and staff at Cork County Council and from the people of County Cork on these wonderful achievements and on the pride they have bought to their families, communities and county," said Cllr Murphy. 

"They have displayed remarkable dedication to their respective interests and this reception is an acknowledgement of their efforts and achievements."

The deputy chief executive of Cork County Council, Declan Daly reiterated the sentiments of Mayor Murphy "As a Council we are always striving to support and encourage participation across any form of sport or activity and enable such talent which is clearly evident across tonight's recipients," said Mr Daly.