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Cork City Missing Persons Wins Community Spirit Award

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Cork International Hotel is looking for nominations for the Community Spirit Awards.

Cork City Missing Persons has been chosen as the second Community Spirit Award winner for February.

Cork City Missing Persons work tirelessly to provide support to families and friends during the darkest time of their lives. They provide experienced teams who conduct searches on both land and water, often continuing to search weeks after all State agencies are stood down.

They are all volunteers holding down full time jobs yet managing to make themselves available at short notice 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

During the pandemic they assisted Cork Penny Dinners with the distribution of meals to the elderly, vulnerable and families who had fallen on hard times. They continue to support the community through whatever means possible and have a unique relationship with the people of Cork. It is only through fundraising efforts by members of the public that they are able to continue to do the work they do.

Eoghan Murphy from Crosshaven, Deputy Manager of the Cork International Hotel in partnership with The Carrigdhoun Newspaper and judge Aisling Killilea, Branch Manager Bank of Ireland Carrigaline and Douglas presenting the The Community Spirit Award to Chris O’Donovan, search coordinator for the Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery. Picture. John Allen

The search was recently launched for unsung heroes in Cork. The new award was established to honour volunteers who are making a significant contribution to their community. “The Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Award” will see a group or individual chosen every month with an overall winner selected at the end of the year.

The awards are open to community groups and organisations in Cork from first-responders to community centres, victim support services to sports groups and those volunteering in the health and disability sectors.

Deputy General Manager of the Cork International Hotel, Eoghan Murphy said: “We are delighted to see Cork City Missing Persons pick up the second award this year. We in Cork City are so proud of all they do and the amazing work they undertake to help others.

“There are remarkable people within our community who selflessly give their time and talent to benefit others. We want to recognise these individuals and groups and highlight the phenomenal contributions they have made to all our lives. The last year has been challenging for everyone and that is why it is so important that we recognise those who go above and beyond for others.”

Judging panel member, Aisling Killilea Bank of Ireland Manager Carrigaline and Douglas, said: “These awards are a wonderful way to recognise the organisations in our locality and their volunteers. People have really pulled together this last year and gone above and beyond and we want to recognise that. It is very important for us to recognise the amazing people in our community.”

The awards, which are sponsored by The Carrigdhoun Newspaper, the Cork International Hotel and Gerald McCarthy Giftware, will take place in a large geographical area in South Cork stretching from Rochestown, Douglas and Togher to Kinsale, Crosshaven and Passage West.

The judging panel comprises of a mixture of public and private sector representatives from the community.

The judging panel for this award was:

Carmel Lonergan

General Manager Cork International Hotel

Nicola Radley

Senior Executive Officer, Municipal District Operations & Rural Development at Cork County Council

Aisling Killilea,

Bank of Ireland Manager Carrigaline and Douglas

Vincent O'Donovan & Jack White

The Carrigdhoun Newspaper

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