6 June 2018
By Mary Bermingham
Cork City Council will honour some of its finest community volunteers and groups at its annual Lord Mayor’s Civic and Community & Voluntary Awards Night at an invitation-only event tonight in City Hall at 7.30 pm.
Each year six recipients receive Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards in recognition of their efforts to improve the lot of the community, while six groups receive Lord Mayor’s Community and Voluntary Awards in recognition of services they provide in the community.
A Civic Award was presented to Senator Dianne Feinstein in San Francisco on 23rd April 2018, in recognition of her role, since 1984, in the establishment of, and continued commitment to, the Cork – San Francisco sister city relationship.
The remaining five Civic Awards will be presented on the evening of 6th June to the following recipients:
- Tracey Kennedy, In recognition of her commitment to the GAA in Cork at club and county level, and her contribution to the promotion of women’s health and wellbeing.
- Derry O’Callaghan, In recognition of his special connection with the people of Cork both at home and abroad through his Sunday morning radio programme Oldies and Irish.
- Rena Buckley, In recognition of her exceptional achievements in Camogie and Ladies Football and her status as an ambassador to young women in sport.
- Tom Coleman, In recognition of his lifelong commitment to community in the Northside of Cork City through his role as chairman of the Blarney Street and Surrounding Areas Community Association.
- Pat Lyons, In recognition of his commitment to the sporting life of Cork through his dedication to Cork City Football Club and the Foras Trust, both making a huge Community impact on soccer in Cork.
In a break with tradition this year, there will be a special presentation to representatives of organisations who coordinated the emergency response to recent weather emergencies Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma in recognition of their contribution to maintaining vital services during those challenging times.
Lord Mayor’s Community & Voluntary Awards 2018
The Community & Voluntary Awards, presented by Cork City Council are now in their 14th year and recognise the significant contribution of the community and voluntary sector to the people of Cork City.
The different categories represent the broad and diverse range of community work in the city.
The winners will be announced on the night from sixteen shortlisted groups in five categories:
- Advocacy/ Information/ Guidance
- Arts, Culture and Recreation
- Community Development
- Health and Well Being
- Social Services and Environment
An overall award will also be presented on the night.
Both awards will be streamed live at www.corkcity.ie/tv