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Wed, 17/04/2019 - 13:45
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Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Proinsias O Tuama of Clean Coasts Ballynamona, winner of the overall Group category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with Cllr Mary Shields, deputising for the Lord Mayor, Cllr Danielle Twomey, Rebecca Byrne, group member and Cllr Susan McCarthy. Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
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Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, hosted the seventh Cork County Mayors Awards on Monday 15th of April. 28 groups and 22 individuals were nominated from all over the County. Mayor Murphy presented 11 Awards on the night to groups and individuals from across Cork who have made significant contributions to communities and to County Cork.

The following nominees were awarded from each Division.

Division

Group/ Individual

Name of Group/Individual

Northern

Group

Kildorrery Community Development CLG

Northern

Individual

Liz Downes

Northern

Individual

Paul Kavanagh

Southern

Group

Brand Blarney

Southern

Group

Clean Coasts Ballynamona

Southern

Individual

Mary P Murphy

Western

Group

Bantry Development and Tourism Volunteers

Western

Individual

Ellen Logan

Western

Individual

Majella McCarthy

Paul Kavanagh and Clean Coasts Ballynamona were selected as overall winners for the Individual and Group Categories respectively.

Paul Kavanagh, native to Fermoy, is a champion of anti-litter campaigning. With his help, Fermoy was declared the Irish Business Against Litter Cleanest Town of 2018 and achieved 2nd place in the Cork County Council Litter Challenge. Paul developed a local competition for both businesses and residential areas to promote the town, community and environs of Fermoy, “Fermoy, A Cleaner Town”. Paul has been active in the community in other ways since his youth. His engagement with Fermoy Rowing Club continues since then to this day and the club has enjoyed success on a national and international level.

Clean Coasts Ballynamona began with a clear mission – to keep Ballynamona Beach litter free and to include the adjacent wetlands, home to thousands of wading water birds in their work. Their first large scale beach clean in 2015 resulted in over 6 tonnes of rubbish being gathered and bagged. The group grew with support from the local communities and by engaging with St. Colman’s Community College. After winning an An Taisce Ocean Hero Award later that year, the group continued to cement their position into their community and have widened the scope of their mission. They cooperate with many Tidy Towns groups from East Cork and with the help of LA21 funding they have initiated the East Cork Biodiversity Networking Programme. This has led to the erection of Swift Nest Boxes, work with landowners in the eradication of Japanese Knotweed, and the purchase of equipment to aid in their work and to tackle flytipping. Education has now become central to their mission and they actively promote the Ballynamona area as a special protection area.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy said of the awards that:

“The 28 community groups and individuals that were nominated have made incredible contributions to communities throughout Cork. That we have so many people working to make County Cork a better place is a phenomenal vindication of our community spirit and shows what we can achieve when we engage with our local communities.
The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Cork and I greatly look forward to seeing it spread. All the time that has been invested in cleaning our environment, engaging with one another and working towards a communal goal has been of measureless benefit to everyone in the County, strengthening communities and making our towns and villages better and happier places to live”.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey added:

“The work done at a local level by volunteers and voluntary organisations is absolutely essential to making County Cork a great place, not just to live, but to visit, to do business in, and to invest in. On behalf of all the staff of Cork County Council I wish to extend my gratitude to all the nominees tonight and to all the volunteers in Cork. It’s only by working together that we can continue to excel as a region”.
 

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Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Paul Kavanagh, winner  of the overall Individual category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with Cllr Noel McCarthy, Valerie Murphy and Bill Chambers.  Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
 Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Noreen Magner of Kildorrery Community Development CLG, winner of the Northern Division Group category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with group members Ted Enright and Catherine O'Regan and Brid Coakley, PPN. Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Liz Downes, one of the winners in the Northern Division Individual category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with Pat Downes and Sean Finn.  Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Paul Kavanagh, one of the winners in the Northern Division Individual category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with Cllr Noel McCarthy, Bill Chambers, Ken Barry and Fernando Ferreira.  Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Sue Pamment of Brand Blarney, winner in the Southern Division Group category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included is Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive.  Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Mary P Murphy, winner of the Southern Division Individual category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included is Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive.  Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Rebecca Byrne of Clean Coasts Ballynamona, winner of the Southern Division Group category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with group member Proinsias O Tuama and Cllr Danielle Twomey. Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Eileen O'Shea of Bantry Development and Tourism Volunteers, winner of the Western Division Group category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with group member Joe Starrett and Cllrs Danny Collins and Mary Hegarty. Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Ellen Logan, one of the winners in the Western Division Individual category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with Blathin Barry and Cllr Danny Collins.  Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making the presentation to Majella Walsh, one of the winners in the Western Division Individual category, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included are Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with Cllr Declan Hurley and Nora and Brendan McCarthy. Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, making a special presentation to Dillon Lynch, at the seventh Cork County Mayor's Community awards ceremony, in Cork County Hall. Also included is Tim Lucey, Cork County Council, chief executive, seated, along with Cllr Frank O'Flynn. Picture: David Keane.  15.04.2019
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