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Looking For Local Heroes


Nominations Open For Cork’s Unsung Hero Of The Year as Cork International Hotel launches Community Spirit Awards 2023.


The Cork International Hotel, in conjunction with The Carrigdhoun Newspaper and Gerald McCarthy Giftware, as sponsors, are asking people to shine a spotlight on community champions in their area - across South Cork, including: Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Kinsale, Passage West, Monkstown, Ringaskiddy, Douglas, Ballygarvan, Ballinhassig and surrounds.

This is the third year of the Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Awards which honour volunteers who are making a significant contribution to their community.

Nominations are open to individuals, 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.


Launching the Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Awards are Vincent O'Donovan , The Carrigdhoun Newspaper , Nicola Radley, Cork County Council, (judging panel); and Eoghan Murphy , general Manager of the Cork International Hotel. Pic Brian Lougheed


A group or individual is chosen every month with an overall winner selected at the end of the year. Last year’s winner was the Down Syndrome Centre Cork which relies entirely on fundraising to deliver occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, early intervention programmes as well as parent and baby classes. It also runs events for siblings and networking events for parents.

Eoghan Murphy, General Manager of the Cork International Hotel said: “It’s a privilege to be able to bring the Community Spirit Awards back and we are really looking forward to seeing the incredible volunteers who are nominated by the people in their local community. We are always really impressed by the stories of those who are nominated and the efforts they go to help others. We are asking the public to put forward the people who are making a real difference to their communities week in week out.”




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