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The Cathaoirleach's Community Awards 2016

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Over 300 people from Community and Voluntary groups from all around County Galway were honoured at the Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 28th November in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe.

The Awards, previously called the Mayors Awards, recognise and celebrate community and voluntary activity around County Galway.Twelve Awards were made after a public call for nominations was made back in October. GRD were deligted to involved as two of our staff members, Freeda Garman and Frank Keane were on the judging panels for a number of the awards.

Arthur Carr from Laurencetown has been named Volunteer of the Year, Arthur  founded the Galway East Life Support Group – a support group to create awareness around suicide and make people more aware of the supports that are out there.

The first award of the night, the Community Economic Initiative Award, was won by Bridge That Gap – a group that was established to promote the areas of Oranmore, Maree and Clarinbridge as a place to live, work and stay.

The Sports Award went to Fit Town Ballinasloe.

The Environment Award was won by Headford Environment Group which held a major Climate Change conference for the West of Ireland.

The Arts and Culture Award was won by Shorelines Arts Festival – a Boutique Arts Festival which prides itself on involving the community.

Bernadette Conroy won the next award, the Heritage Publication Award, for her book ‘Strands of Omey’s Story’.

The Schools Contribution to Heritage or Irish Language Award was won by Brierfield National School Parents Association. The school organised ‘Brierfield 1916’, a commemoration day of the Easter Rising.

Milltown Heritage Group were the winners of Best Contribution to Heritage Award.

The Best Contribution to the Irish Language( Gaeltacht) category was won by Oireachtas Chois Fharraige 2016 and the (non-Gaeltacht) category was won by Clubanna Óige Spleodar Bhaile Locha Riach, Bhéal Átha an Rí agus Úaráin Mór.

The Youth and Age Friendly Award was won by Killimor Recreation & Fitness.

Headford Yarnbombers were the winners of  the Community Service Award.

Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly congratulated all the winners and thanked everyone for their hard work, urging them to keep it up for 2017.


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