Tuesday 20 February 2018

Rightly saluting our local heroes

IT is apt and indeed timely that this week we have to say fair play to Cork County Council and Mayor Noel O'Connor for stepping up to the mark and duly recognising the volunteers throughout the county.

On Tuesday, at County Hall, the Mayor's Community Awards Scheme, which was developed to acknowledge people who work on a voluntary basis to help others, and to acknowledge publicly the work of volunteers was held.

The key word here is publicly, as we can point to many people in our community who absolutely go the extra mile for everyone around them. It could be the volunteer who stays and cleans up their community centre long after others have gone home, to the person who thinks up of an initiative which reaches out and helps the elderly or the sick to bring a sliver of happiness to their lives.

North Cork would be a much lonelier place without them.

These are the very people who are getting things done on the ground right across the country. In doing so, they are enhancing the quality of life for all of us, bringing facilities and services that the government, and yes, Cork County Council too, cannot supply on their own.

A snippet of some great leadership includes the members of Mallow Development Partnership or the Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival Committee, who bring people into the town of Mallow, to the Castlemagner native Kathleen Moylan, who has been the driving force behind the local Community Centre for the past 22 years.

Not forgetting the nominees, which include Kevin Roche, whose fast acting helped to save a player's life in Banteer, to the Banteer Community Sportsfield, which since 1952 has gone from strength to strength in its community.

The other key word is community and once we have these wonderful people in our catchment regions then we are all in safe hands. These very people quite often go about their work with little fanfare. However, it's fitting that these mayor's awards duly recognise their efforts.

As one community worker told The Corkman on Wednesday: "It's great that the hard work of so many people has been recognised, something that doesn't happen very often. It will encourage those people to go on and strive for another year".


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