Lord Mayor’s Cultural & Civic Awards
This week, Cork City has recognised some of its civic, cultural and community leaders with the annual Lord Mayor’s Cultural & Civic Awards and a Community & Voluntary Recognition Ceremony. With COVID-19 restrictions, the traditional awards ceremony in City Hall could not take place, so this year the awards have gone virtual.
- Cónal Creedon, acclaimed playwright, novelist and documentary filmmaker, is the recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Cultural Award, in recognition of his huge contribution to the arts not just in Cork City but internationally.
Each year six people receive Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards in recognition of their efforts to improve the lot of the community. Breaking with the usual award ceremony format due to the current pandemic, each individual award winner was presented with their award separately and the presentations filmed. This year, the recipients are:
- Con Murphy, G.P. and former Cork GAA medic;
- Katherine Hartford, Project Manager of Young Knocknaheeny;
- Ronnie Dorney, former HSE Community Worker;
- Nuala O’Connor, Irish College of General Practitioner’s COVID-19 lead and local G.P.;
- Kate Durrant, Community Worker;
- Anne Twomey, Shandon Area History Group.
This year, the Community and Voluntary sector came to the fore more than ever in their response to COVID-19. Under the umbrella of the Cork City Community Response Forum, community and voluntary groups stepped up to aid the most vulnerable when they needed it most. For that reason, it was decided that rather than single out individual groups for awards, the City would honour all the community groups and volunteers who proved that community spirit burns bright in this city.
Finally, this year the Lord Mayor will also be recognising the contribution of two youth advocates, Salma Waleed and Alicia O’ Donovan for their contribution to youth advocacy and representation.
The Student Entrepreneur Awards
Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Cruickshank, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Office, the Student Entrepreneur Awards offers third level students from all academic disciplines and courses of study the opportunity to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions.
This year, the award winners for the Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020 were
- Neurobell (UCC)
- TraumAlert (CIT)
- PressiDect (RSCI)
- Cotter Agritech (Limerick IT and UCC)
Sources: Cork City Council news and https://studententrepreneurawards.com/