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Overall Winners Of Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Awards Announced

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

A centre set up by a group of parents to provide vital intervention services to young children with Down syndrome and their families has been named the overall winners of the Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Award 2022. It’s the second year of the monthly awards to honour the unsung heroes who volunteer and make a significant contribution to their community.

A gala dinner was held at the Cork International Hotel to celebrate the 12 monthly recipients and to name the overall winners. The awards night was attended by Cllr. Fergal Dennehy who deputised on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Jack White who deputised on behalf of the County Mayor, and elected representatives from the community who were involved in the awards throughout the year.

Down Syndrome Centre Cork, the May winner, was announced as the Judges Overall Winner at the special event. The Forge Hill based centre was established in 2014 and 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.

The public vote went to the Friends of Danny Crowley, the January winner. Following Danny’s untimely passing after a long battle with leukaemia in 2013 at age 12, his friends and family set up the Danny Crowley Christmas Swim as their way of remembering him while also raising funds for the Mercy Kids and Teens appeal. Since the annual event began in 2013, over €177,000 has been raised for the young patients at the Mercy Hospital.

Carmel Lonergan, Director of Group Operations at the Trigon Hotels presents Willie Walsh with the Lifetime Contribution Award at the Community Spirit Awards.

Willie Walsh from Carrigaline United AFC, who won the October award, was presented with a Lifetime Contribution Award. Willie is Club Chairman of Carrigaline United AFC and is credited as being the driving force behind the club’s enormous growth and success in recent decades. He is also heavily involved in the local community and is a volunteer and Board Member with the Carrigaline Family Support Centre. SEE DIGITAL EDITION FOR FULL STORY

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