Kerry Community Awards celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Released: 23 April 2008

On Thursday night, April 24th, in the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney, the Kerry Community Awards celebrates five years of recognising the efforts of community and voluntary groups around the county.

Over the past five years the Awards have grown, and are now an eagerly awaited annual event, where past winners, hopefuls, and old friends gather to discuss their work and celebrate those who are making the county a better place to live in.

This year, there are 18 finalists in the six categories. Of these finalists, 14 have not been previously honoured, something that shows the variety and diversity of community activity in the county.

“The fact that we have 14 new finalists is a sure sign that the community and voluntary groups see the Kerry Community Awards as a positive experience, with more and more groups getting involved,” Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Michael Healy Rae stated.

The objective of the Kerry Community Awards is to recognise, reward and encourage the works of the community and voluntary sector, who work to improve the social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life in our local communities. With the range and variety of activities represented through the work of these Finalists, it is clear that voluntary activity ensures that Kerry is a much better place to live.

“Time and time again, you see reports stating that the spirit of volunteerism in Ireland is dying,” the Mayor stated. “However, looking at the work carried out by these groups and others, it is clear that the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in the county.”

Kerry County Council’s Director of Community & Enterprise, John Breen, pointed out that projects representing all stages of life are represented in the finalists. “From childcare services, to playgrounds, day care centres to information centres, youth forums to active retired groups, many of the services offered by these groups are provided in partnership with state bodies and agencies. Without the community effort, these services could not be delivered.

“In addition, community groups take a leadership role in environmental projects and in the areas of Art and Entertainment, and Kerry would certainly be lacking some of its character without the wonderful efforts made by people in this regard in our towns and villages.

The finalists will be announced at the gala banquet in the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney on Thursday, April 24th, with the Category winners and Overall Winner revealed on the night. In addition a special Youth Award will be presented and Duaiseanna Gaeltachta for groups from the Gaeltacht areas.

Awards, with a total value of €50,000 approx, will be presented to the following community and voluntary groups under the following categories:

Community Awards Finalists 2008
Heritage and Environment
Valentia Island Heritage Centre
Cáirde Éanlaith Éireann Chorca Dhuibhne
Bonane Community co-op Society Ltd.
Community Services
Kerry Life Education
Lauragh – Tuosist Branch of the Irish Red Cross
Sneem Welfare Committee Ltd.

Community Renewal through Social Entrepreneurship –
Forbairt na Dromoda Teo
Knockanure Development Association
Killorglin & District Mental Health Group

Promotion of Inclusion and Equality
KDYS Killarney Youth Forum
KASI Ltd. – Immigrant Support
Tralee Community Development Project

Community Arts and Culture
Fossa Historical Society
Gneeveguilla Community Development
Saordána/Milltown Arts Guild

Physical Activity
Kerry Orienteers
Ballyduff Active Retired
St. Brendan’s Athletic Club

Sponsors
Kerry County Council
The Kerryman Ltd
Southern Advertising Ltd.
Kerry County Development Board
Kerry County Community and Voluntary Forum
Randles Hotel Group 
HSE
Kerry County Enterprise Board
RVR
Tuatha Chiarraí
IRD Duhallow
Kerry Credit Union
Kerry Local Sports Partnership
Town Councils
FEXCO
Údarás na Gaeltachta
BHP Insurances
Credit Union

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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