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The Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards and The Lord Mayor’s Community & Voluntary Awards 2009

At a special ceremony held in City Hall, Cork on Tuesday, 19th May 2009 the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Brian Bermingham presented the Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards and the Lord Mayor’s Community & Voluntary Awards for 2009.

The Lord Mayor was high in his praise for all the Award recipients: “Tonight’s Awards recognize the contribution which sporting, voluntary and entrepreneurial icons make to this city and offer them a heartfelt thanks on behalf of their own – the people of Cork.  All our recipients are examples of individuals and groups who have decided to make a difference. Through these Awards we say that the city of Cork recognises and appreciates your efforts.  By giving this official recognition, we believe we are reflecting a broad public consensus that this should be done.”

 The six recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards were:

  • John O’Mahony - in recognition of his exceptional commitment and dedication to sport and community development through St. Finbarr’s Cycling Club and Togher Community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Billy O’Callaghan - in recognition of his outstanding leadership in pursuit of musical excellence in Cork through the Barrack Street Band.
  • Richard T. Cooke - for his lifetime in promoting Ireland and his beloved smiling city of Cork to the world through his writings and through his songs and music.
  • The late J.K. Hurley - in recognition of his service to Scouting in Cork through the 4th Cork Scout Troop as one of the longest serving Scout Leaders in the world.
  • Tony Loughry - in recognition of his outstanding service and commitment to sport through Highfield Rugby Football Club, Cork
  • Nora Fitzpatrick - in recognition of her immense dedication and work for Senior Citizens in Cork city through Bishopstown Social Services

The winners and runners-up in each of the six categories of the Lord Mayor’s Voluntary & Community Awards, which were kindly sponsored by the Evening Echo and Express Kitchens and Floors, were:

Category:       Lifelong Learning

Winner:            Bishopstown Senior Social Centre                             

Runner-up:       Retired People’s network


Category:       Sport          

Winner:            Glen Rovers Camogie Club          

Runner-up:      Castleview AFC          


Category:       Art and Culture

Winner:           Fáilteoirí – Cork International Choral Festival.             

Runner-up:      Togher International Festival of Amateur Photography.


Category:       Children and Youth

Wi nner:           Irish Girl Guides South West                             

Runner-up:      Meitheal Mara


Category:       Community and Neighbourhood Services

Winner:            Irish Friends of Suicide Bereaved                                   

Runner-up:      Irish United Nations Veterans (No. 5 post Cork City)


Category:       Equality and Social Inclusion

Winner:           Cois Tine                            

Runner-up:      Matt Talbot Adolescent Services



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