Cork author Conal Creedon is set to be honoured by Cork’s first citizen for his work as a playwright, author and documentary maker.
Mr Creedon will receive a Cultural Award from the Lord Mayor Councillor John Sheehan in the near future.
The award was started by Councillor Mick Finn during his term of office as Lord Mayor, something the current Lord Mayor sees as “a very worthwhile initiative.” “Last year it went to Cara O’Sullivan in a very moving ceremony. It is my intention to continue that award and hopefully it will continue into the future because we have a very rich diversity of culture and cultural activity within the city,” Councillor Sheehan said.
“It is my proposal to give it to Conal Creedon - the writer of all things Cork - who has done a huge amount of work both representing Cork and the ordinary lives of people, and drama, literature and many other things.
“It’s an honour to have a chance to recognise him, particularly in his home city for the work that he has done,” he added.
The Lord Mayor also confirmed that five Civic Awards are set to be presented to impressive individuals in their chosen fields by the Lord Mayor Councillor John Sheehan.
Long-serving GP and Cork GAA medic Dr Con Murphy, Anne Twomey of Shandon Area History Group, former HSE Community Worker Ronnie Dorney, the ICGP Covid lead Dr Nuala O’Connor who is also a GP in Frankfield, project manager with Young Knocknaheeny Katherine Harford, and Community Worker Kate Durrant are all set to be recognised for their work in their community in Cork.
The Lord Mayor also announced that the youth awards that started last year would be continuing, to honour young people who do great work in their communities, and a mechanism is currently being worked out as to how those will proceed.
“Under the current guidelines we won’t be able to hold an event in the concert hall,” the Lord Mayor said, but added that plans were being put in place to hold the event in a different way.
“Obviously these awards can’t really be big affairs in terms of numbers. We’re planning how to manage it,” he added.