The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Hubert Keaney hosted a ceremony in County Hall to honour the winners in the Cathaoirleach’s Awards 2016. The Awards scheme was introduced to acknowledge the contribution of volunteers across a wide range of local activity.
Joining the Cathaoirleach on the awards Committee were Councillor Declan Bree, Councillor Seamus Kilgannon, Councillor Gino O’Boyle, Councillor Sean MacManus and Councillor Dara Mulvey and Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady. Karen McGarty attended on behalf of Aurivo who supported the scheme.
In his address, the Cathaoirleach paid tribute to the Award winners. ‘Too seldom as a community do we take the time to formally show our appreciation for the enormous work of our dedicated community volunteers, those people who give so generously of their time, energy and expertise for the common good. This Awards ceremony is Sligo County Council’s opportunity to show our gratitude for the many community groups, associations and individuals right across County Sligo. Unsung heroes
I think it is a humbling experience to be nominated for an accolade in any endeavour, and our guests here this evening have been put forward by people who hold them in great esteem. Our committee was overwhelmed by the scale and quality of voluntary work being carried our around our county by individual and groups. These are the true ‘unsung heroes’ in our society who discreetly go about their business without any expectation of acknowledgement or reward. In bestowing this honour to our award winners, we also recognise and applaud the trojan work delivered by countless other individuals and groups all over County Sligo. Anyone in public life in Sligo can testify to the culture and tradition of volunteerism in Sligo.
Earlier this month I had the honour of attending a ceremony for the formal hand-over of the accolade of European Volunteering Capital for 2016 - London – to Sligo as the European Capital for 2017.
The award was bestowed by the European Volunteer Centre, and the judge’s citation when the award was announced acknowledged the outstanding work delivered by Sligo’s Community volunteers. I see this designation as a tribute to all Sligo’s volunteers, such as the people we honour this evening across a wide spectrum of endeavour.’
The entertainment at the ceremony was provided a group of local musicians Kate, Tom and Paddy Gavin. Cathaoirleach’s Awards winners 2016
Category Winner Presented by
Arts & Culture Eileen Tighe Cllr Gino O’Boyle
Community – Individual Tom Haran Karen McGarty
Community - Group Abbeyquarter Mens Group Cllr Declan Bree
Environment & Heritage Coolaney/Rockfield Tidy Towns Cllr Dara Mulvey
Schools Colaiste Iascaigh Cllr Sean MacManus
Young Enterprise Ursuline College Cllr Seamus Kilgannon
Sports Martin Seery Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady
Spirit of Sligo Julian Cassells Cllr Hubert Keaney
Arts and Culture Catagory Winner - Eileen Tighe, presented by Councillor Gino O’Boyle (L)
with Cathaoirleach Cllr Hubert Keaney
. Photo: Sligo County Council
Community (Individual) catagory Winner – Tom Haran, pesented by Karen McGarty, Aurivo
with Cathaoirleach Cllr Hubert Keaney. Photo: Sligo County Council
Community (Group) catagory winner - Abbeyquarter Men’s Group presented
by Councillor Declan Bree. Photo: Sligo County Council
Environment & Heritage catagory winner - Coolaney/Rockfield Tidy Towns Committee presented by Councillor Dara Mulvey. Photo: Sligo County Council