Gallery: Lord Mayor thanks all communities nominated at awards

Gallery: Lord Mayor thanks all communities nominated at awards

Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Overall Award to Meitheal Mara's Marianne Keane, Martin Ryan, Cathy Buchanan and Mary Dorney. Picture: Ger Bonus

After receiving over 340 applications for this year's awards, over double from the previous year, the judges had the challenge of cutting that down to just three to four for each of the five awards and then the overall award. MC for the proceedings, Chris Dorgan noted how difficult it was for the judges and that it will be even tougher next year once the city boundary expansion takes effect after May 24th.

Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport Award to Mad About Cork's Mark Kearney, Donal Carroll, Alan Hurley and Kevin O'Brien. Picture: Ger Bonus
Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport Award to Mad About Cork's Mark Kearney, Donal Carroll, Alan Hurley and Kevin O'Brien. Picture: Ger Bonus

In the Arts, Culture and Sports Award, Mad About Cork were declared winners for the work they do to breathe life into Cork City by planting plants across the city and painting electrical boxes and derelict buildings. The community group were up against Rebel Brass and Rebel Wheelers Multi-Sports Club.

Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Community Development and Continuing Education award to Churchfield Community Trust's Paul O'Donnell, Dave Cody, Frances Wilkenson and Kieran Ryan. Picture: Ger Bonus
Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Community Development and Continuing Education award to Churchfield Community Trust's Paul O'Donnell, Dave Cody, Frances Wilkenson and Kieran Ryan. Picture: Ger Bonus

Churchfield Community Trust were awarded the Community Development and Continuing Education for their dedicated work in helping teenagers prepare for adult life by teaching them skills for the workplace. Deaf Enterprises and The Dillion's Cross Project were also shortlisted.

Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Health and Well Being to Blankets of Hope's Linda Goggin, Alma Riordan, Nuala O'Brien and Margaret Kelleher. Picture: Ger Bonus
Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Health and Well Being to Blankets of Hope's Linda Goggin, Alma Riordan, Nuala O'Brien and Margaret Kelleher. Picture: Ger Bonus

Blankets of Hope knit and crochet blankets for cancer patients in Cork hospitals, while also providing counselling services for those who knit the blankets. Because of their wonderful work, they were awarded the Health and Wellbeing Award. Also shortlisted for the award were Alzheimer's Society Bessboro and Mayfield Men's Shed.

Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Social Inclusion Advocacy and Guidance to Sanctuary Runners Claire McKeogh, Busie Mhlophe, Zaki Asadi, John Riordan and Lindita Jaupeas. Picture: Ger Bonus
Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Social Inclusion Advocacy and Guidance to Sanctuary Runners Claire McKeogh, Busie Mhlophe, Zaki Asadi, John Riordan and Lindita Jaupeas. Picture: Ger Bonus

The Social Inclusion, Advocacy and Guidance award was ecstatically received by Sanctuary Runners. Set up to help people in Direct Provision integrate with the people of Cork by bonding over their love of running. Sanctuary Runners overcame Cork City Centre's Citizen's Information Service, Meitheal Mara and Sunday Tea Dance to run away with the award.

Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Social Services Charities and Environment to Children's Leukemia Association's Una Kingston, Christie Collins, Veronica Maher, and Kathleen O'Leary. Picture: Ger Bonus
Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council, Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn and Eoghan Dinan Deputy Editor of The Echo presenting the Social Services Charities and Environment to Children's Leukemia Association's Una Kingston, Christie Collins, Veronica Maher, and Kathleen O'Leary. Picture: Ger Bonus

Children's Leukaemia Association took the Social Services Charities and Environment Award for their work in supporting families whose children have had to go through the fight of overcoming the disease. Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery and Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club were also in the shortlist for the award.

The overall award was given to Meitheal Mara for the brilliant work they have been doing in Cork City since 1993. The boatyard organisation help people get qualifications in woodwork by teaching them about boat building, seamanship and more. They also take people out on to the water to sail and row.

The Lord Mayor Councillor Mick Finn thanked the winners and nominees while also encouraging those who missed out that it could be them being declared as winners next year: "It’s our opportunity to say thanks from the city to the volunteers because without them we can’t function as a community. I think everyone that was nominated, deservedly so, there can only be so many winners but there is nothing stopping those who were nominated from being nominated again next year and it just underlines the fantastic work being done in the city".

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