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Kerry Community Awards are back after a two-year hiatus

The application process is now open for community groups and organisations across Kerry to submit details of the great work they do in improving the social and cultural fabric of community life.

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The longest serving winners of the Kerry Community Awards having received the award in 2019 when the event was last held. Banna Rescue Sea Unit, is a voluntary inshore and land rescue unit covering one of Kerry's busiest beaches. Photo by Domnick Walsh.

The longest serving winners of the Kerry Community Awards having received the award in 2019 when the event was last held. Banna Rescue Sea Unit, is a voluntary inshore and land rescue unit covering one of Kerry's busiest beaches. Photo by Domnick Walsh.

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The longest serving winners of the Kerry Community Awards having received the award in 2019 when the event was last held. Banna Rescue Sea Unit, is a voluntary inshore and land rescue unit covering one of Kerry's busiest beaches. Photo by Domnick Walsh.

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The Kerry Community Awards are back after a two-year disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But while the popular awards event may have been absent, the same cannot be said for the dynamic community spirit across a range of different organisations: social and cultural.

The application process is now open for the 2022 Kerry Community Awards. The deadline for applications is July 15. The main award-giving ceremony will take place on September 22 at The Dromhall Manor Hotel, Killarney.

This is a perfect opportunity for community groups to showcase the many hard-working volunteers and activists they have.

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The pandemic asked a lot of communities and individuals who went above and beyond in their efforts to keep communities vibrant through difficult times.

By entering the Kerry Community Awards, you have a chance to share the work and dedication of your community organisation during one of the most challenging times in living memory.

But it’s not just about recognising post-pandemic resilience. The Community Awards equally acknowledge the many achievements and contributions that help make day-to-day community life better.

A total of 10 gold medals will be up for consideration. Each gold medal comes with a €1,000 prize for the winning group. Moreover, 10 silver medals, with a €500, prize, will also be awarded. The overall winning group receives €2,500.

Administration of the Kerry Community Awards is carried out by the Kerry Public Participation Network (PPN) and The Kerryman with the assistance of Kerry County Council (KCC).

Bill Morrell is Chairman of PPN and the Kerry Community Awards Committee. He said it’s ‘phenomenally important’ to have the awards back.

“People could be inclined to think the community sector went to sleep for the three years of COVID. Whereas they have been beavering away all the time. Having the awards back, we are able to recognise the work they have been doing and continue to do,” said Mr Morrell.

He expects many of this year’s applications will deal with the great work done throughout the pandemic.

Mr Morrell believes this is a positive as it gives the awards application process an opportunity to assess how community groups have weathered the storm of COVID and progressed.

“It would be nice, but it is entirely up to the groups themselves. Not only would it show how they endured COVID, but also how they are doing now, and how they emerged from the pandemic,” he said.

"Without the community activists and volunteers on the ground, half the things we take for granted would stop happening without these people.

"This is the community’s ‘Oscars’. I must thank the Dromhall Hotel who pull out all the stops for the awards. It is an exciting occasion and opportunity to honour the best of community life,” added Mr Morrell.

Siobhán Murphy, General Manager of the Kerryman, said it is ‘special' having the awards back and that she is looking forward to having the focus back on the positive contributions of community groups.

“The service they provide is immense and would often go unacknowledged were it not for the Kerry Community Awards,” she said.

"The standard of community activism out there is truly amazing. This work achieves far more than it is recognised for. That’s the aim of Kerry Community Awards: to recognise and appreciate community volunteerism,” Ms Murphy said.

Application forms can be submitted online https://arcg.is/10Tb5b. Hardcopies are also available from The Kerryman office at Denny Street, Tralee, and from local Credit Union branches. Alternatively use the QR code below.

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