Mayor to honour excellence in community

People who have excelled in helping their communities could be nominated for awards at a ceremony to take place in Cork in April.

The Mayor of County Cork’s Community Awards ceremony will take place in April, at which 11 groups or individuals will receive their awards. This is the second year the awards have been presented, but the ceremony will take place earlier this year because the council wants to host it in advance of the local elections.

The mayor, Cllr Noel O’Connor, said three awards each will be presented to individuals/organisations in each of the council’s divisional areas.

That means three awards each will be given out to people living in north Cork and also in West Cork.

Another three will go to those living in the southern division catchment area which encompassed the likes of Youghal, Midleton, Cobh, Glanmire, Carrigaline, Ballincollig, Kinsale, Bandon and Macroom.

In addition there will be two overall awards. One will be given to an individual and the other to a group or organisation.

“Nominations have to be made through your local county councillor and the closing date for submissions is Friday, February 21,” a county council spokesman said.

Each of the 48 councillors will be allowed to nominate one group and one individual.

The council will also seek a further 17 nominations through the Cork Community and Voluntary Forum.

Once a councillor has decided on backing a nomination they will be asked to collaborate on filling in an official form which will have a 1,000-word space for describing what the nominee has achieved on behalf of their communities.

Points will be awarded by the judges for a number of actions including leadership, innovation, contribution to the local environment, or to enterprise and economic development of an area.

There will be a maximum of 30 shortlisted nominees who will be invited to the awards ceremony.


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