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Over 300 people from Community and Voluntary groups from all around County Galway were honoured at the Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards Ceremony last night 26th November in the Claregalway Hotel. The Awards, previously called the Mayors Awards, recognise and celebrate community and voluntary activity around County Galway. Twelve Awards were up for grabs after a public call for nominations was made back in October.
The first award of the night, the Community Economic Initiative Award, was won by ‘The Hub in Headford’. This Award recognises those who have developed initiatives in their area which have made a positive economic impact on the community.
The next award, the Environment Award was won by ‘Clifden Tidy Towns’. They have been very proactive in the areas of landscaping, litter management, sustainable waste and biodiversity.
The third award of the night was the Sports Award which focuses on groups increasing the number of people participating in sport. . The winning group was ‘Fit Towns Portumna’
The next award of the night was the Arts and Culture Award which was won by ‘Carrabane Community Development Company’. The group works as an umbrella organisation to support other groups in the area and maximize their potential.
‘St. Mary’s Church (Headford) Historical Committee’ won the next award, the Heritage Publication Award, for their recently published historical book “Roots of Faith; A Journey of Hope”.
The Schools Contribution to Heritage or Irish Language Award was the next contested award. The award, won by ‘Inishbofin National School’ recognises the efforts that schools have made to celebrate, promote or increase the extracurricular use of Heritage or the Irish Language in their school or area.
‘Oranmore Heritage Group’ were the winners of the next award, the coveted Best Contribution to Heritage Award.
The next award of the evening was the Age Friendly Award. This award recognises groups who work towards supporting older people. ‘The Galway Age Friendly Older Persons Council’ came out on top.
‘Ballinderreen Community Centre’ were winners of the hotly contested Social Inclusion Award. The Centre, run by volunteers, host a variety of activities.
The next two awards of the night were to recognise the efforts groups are making to promote and increase the use of the Irish language in both the Gaeltacht and non Gaeltacht areas of the County. The Gaeltacht category was won by Cumann Forbartha Chois Fharraige in and the non Gaeltacht category was won by Cumann Óige Átha an Rí in Athenry.
The final award and highlight of the night was the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award. Introducing the award, Chief Executive of Galway County Council Kevin Kelly praised the work of all volunteers around the County stating that “Volunteering is at the heart of community life. Helping others and giving time to your community is a big commitment but a very rewarding one”. After a tense build up of clues about the person, Mr. Kelly revealed the winner as Séamus Duffy from Ballinasloe.
Congratulations to all involved!
In the Picture:
Clifden Tidy Towns won the Environmental Award at the Galway County Council Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards 2015 in the Claregalway Hotel on Thursday night. Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway Cllr. Peter Roche presents Nuala Cashin, Mary O’Donell and Sheila Griffin of Clifden Tidy Towns with their award. Also in the photo are Cllr Eileen Mannion and Vincent Lyons. — at Claregalway Hotel.
The splendid views from Ireland’s western coast
October can be splendid in Connemara on Ireland’s western coast, with evanescent light and feisty winds, cloud-shrouded mountains and wonderfully wild seas, and rain and sun that come and go with remarkable haste. My wife and I were married there, and we returned with friends to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We’ve always valued these ancestral lands for their respite as well as their challenges, and this trip did not disappoint. A renowned field archaeologist led us on a two-hour walk along the boggy coast, past castle ruins and ancient earthworks. Flaming torches lit the “After the Light” parade that delighted us at the Connemara Sea Week festival. And at the end of each day’s adventure, we could retreat to our historic country-house hotel or head for a pub, where we basked next to a warm peat fire, drinking great muddy pints of porter, listening to local musicians.
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