Dedicated clubman, Norman Deane from Cork Harlequins is the winner of the latest Community Spirit Award.
Norman has looked after the grounds at Cork Harlequins since the mid 1980s. Now in his 80s, he still comes to the club every day, feeds the cat and cuts the acres of grass. The club said he has saved them thousands of euro over the years with all the work he has undertaken.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Trigon Hotels, Peter Loughnane said: “Norman is a true treasure. His commitment to Cork Harlequins is very evident and he has been truly committed to the club over the years. It is clear that Cork Harlequins has always been a priority for him. He clearly goes beyond the call of duty for the club and he has made a huge contribution to the success of the club over the years. He takes huge pride in his work and the grounds at Cork Harlequins are impeccable thanks to Norman. Congratulations to Norman on winning this award.”
Earlier this year the search was 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” sees 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.
Jack White of the Carrigdhoun said: “These awards are a great way to pay tribute to the important community groups and volunteer organisations in our locality. So many people have pulled together this last year and gone above and beyond and we want to recognise that. It is very important for us to honour the amazing people in our community.”
The awards, which are sponsored by The Carrigdhoun Newspaper 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 Carrigdhoun
Jack White Carrigdhoun
Nominations are open now: https://www.