Six Cork residents have received the Lord Mayor Councillor John Sheehan’s Civic Awards in recognition of their efforts to improve the community.
This year, community spirit has been even more important than ever as it has been at the forefront of battling against Covid-19 with local volunteers taking time to ensure the safety of those most in need in their community.
The Cork City Covid-19 Community Response Forum was set up to ensure that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access vital grocery, medicine and fuel deliveries and social care support.
Each year, six people receive Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards in recognition of their efforts within the community.
This year’s winners include, GP and former Cork GAA medic Con Murphy; Project Manager of Young Knocknaheeny Katherine Hartford; Former HSE Community Worker Ronnie Dorney; Irish College of General Practitioner’s Covid-19 lead and local GP Nuala O’Connor; Community Worker Kate Durrant; and member of Shandon Area History Group Anne Twomey, who were all recognised in a special broadcast on Cork City Council’s YouTube account yesterday evening.
Dr Con Murphy may never have kicked a football or hit a sliotar for any Cork team but has been a valued team member of Cork and UCC GAA, in his over 40 years as a team doctor, mentor and friend to generations of Cork hurlers and footballers.
He has volunteered with Cork teams since 1976, and has been a fixture on the sideline for the county's biggest days in hurling and football in the decades since.
He was awarded Cork Person of the Month in February 2018 award to mark his contribution.
Katherine Hartford who has been a committed leader in the community and voluntary sector for over 15 years has been recognised for her commitment, energy and enthusiasm in her advocacy for improved childhood services for the greater Knocknaheeny area.
She has been Programme Manager of Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme since 2015 and previously was Manager of Northside Community Health Initiative (Cork) Ltd.
Former HSE community worker Ronnie Dorney was recognised for her vision and foresight in mentoring and supporting many community groups and organisations.
She is a firm believer that local communities can promote a spirit of community service for the common good and believes that investment in community projects pays huge dividends.
She retired from her post with the HSE back in November 2018.
Cork-based GP Dr Nuala O’Connor has received a Civic Award for her leadership in Irish general practice, and in particular her contribution to combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr O’Connor is the Irish College of General Practitioners’ (ICGP) Clinical Lead on Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infection/Anti-microbial drug resistance (HCAI/AMR).
She is a founding partner of Elmwood Medical Practice and is active at national level in promoting change and improving standards of care for patients.
Kate Durrant is a busy community activist, not just in Cork, but throughout Ireland.
She holds leadership roles with St Vincent de Paul (SVP), Dogs for the Disabled, Blarney Community First Responders, Pieta House and her local Tidy Towns group and has been recognised for her commitment to volunteering and for her role as a community champion inspiring and helping the people of Cork.
Anne Twomey has been recognised for her commitment to local history through her role with the Shandon Area History Group and her contribution to adult education and community service.
Established in 2011, Shandon Area History Group is dedicated to the preservation of Cork’s local history and folklore.
In 2017, the group was shortlisted for the Voluntary Community Award by Cork City Council.