People living in and around Kinsale in Cork have now been invited to submit nominees for the inaugural Kinsale and District Community Awards which will be announced at a ceremony in Actons Hotel on April 11 next.
The awards will acknowledge the efforts of people or groups whose voluntary efforts make the area a better place.
Nominations will be accepted until March 15 from people or groups working in Kinsale, Ballinspittle, Ballinadee, Ballinhassig, Belgooly, Dunderrow, and Riverstick in categories including individual, group, special achievement and hall of fame.
The awards scheme is the brainchild of Garda James O’Mahony and Cllr Tomas O’Brien who felt it was time to acknowledge the tireless efforts of local people or groups who give their time and energy for the betterment of the community.
They began pitching their idea and sourcing sponsorship about 18 months ago.
They formed a committee, including Claire Nash, Catherine Murphy, Charles Henderson, Alice de la Cour, Joan FitzGerald and the late Denis Healy, who between them secured support from the Kinsale and District Credit Union and Lily.
Application forms are available at local businesses and other outlets, and completed entry forms can be handed in or posted to Red Cross Centre, Church Square, Kinsale, Co Cork, marked for the attention of James O’Mahony.
All the nominees will be assessed by a panel of external independent judges.
It is hoped the awards will become a bi-annual event.
Meanwhile, the inspirational Conor Cusack will speak about his experience of mental health issues and his successful battle with depression at a Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) event at Actons Hotel tonight at 8pm.
The Kinsale Youth Forum and the Samaritans will have representatives at the event which is expected to attract some 300 people.