Local Volunteers Honoured

Local Volunteers Honoured

Sligo County Council hosted its annual Cathaoirleach’s Awards ceremony in County Hall on Thursday evening.  The awards were introduced to acknowledge the contribution of the many unsung heroes who carry out invaluable voluntary work in our communities.

The Awards were presented in nine categories:

CategoryWinnerPresented by
Arts & Culture John Callanan Councillor Declan Bree
Community (Group) Taunagh Vestry Councillor Martin Baker, Cathaoirleach
Community (Individual) Mary Clancy Councillor Hubert Keaney
Environment/Heritage Simone Hickey Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady
Schools Scoil Ursula Councillor Seamus Kilgannon
Spirit of Sligo Lorraine Feely Councillor Dara Mulvey
Sport James Weir Councillor Gino O’Boyle
Young Enterprise Summerhill College Councillor Chris MacManus
Arts & Culture Councillor Declan Bree presenting the award for Arts & Culture to John Callanan
Community_Group Councillor Martin Baker, Cathaoirleach presenting the Community (Group) award to Taunagh Vestry
Community_Individual Councillor Hubert Keaney present the Community (Individual) award to Mary Clancy
Environment_Heritage Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady presenting the Environment/Heritage award to Simone Hickey
Schools Councillor Seamus Kilgannon presenting the Schools award to Scoil Ursula
Spirit of Sligo Councillor Dara Mulvey presenting the Spirit of Sligo award to Lorraine Feely
Sport Councillor Gino O’Boyle presenting the Sport award to James Weir
YoungEnterprise Councillor Chris MacManus presenting the Young Enterprise award to Summerhill College

Dedicated Volunteers

In his address the Cathaoirleach said ‘Last year Sligo celebrated its status as ‘European Capital of Volunteering’, and over the last 12 months this excellent work has continued and we have showcased and celebrated the magnificent work carried out by our volunteers all over our county.  This Awards ceremony is Sligo County Council’s opportunity to show our gratitude for the many community groups, associations and individuals across many spheres of activity.


Working with Communities

The most effective work we do as an Authority is in conjunction with the Community we serve, and our engagement with voluntary groups and associations has been the backdrop to many successful projects.

It is an honour to be nominated for an award in any field of endeavour, and our guests here this evening have been put forward by people who hold them in great esteem.  Our committee was genuinely impressed by the scale and quality of voluntary work being carried our around our county by individual and groups.  These are the true ‘unsung heroes’ in our society who discreetly go about their business, they invariably shun the limelight, but we publicly applaud and commend them today.



In bestowing this honour to our award winners, we also recognise and applaud the trojan work delivered by countless other individuals and groups all over County Sligo, and that was very evident from the many nomination forms we received.  To our Award winners I would say, you are a great resource to your own communities, and we acknowledge and applaud the gift your work has bestowed on our society.’

The Cathaoirleach conclude his address by thanking his colleagues on the Awards Committee for their work in considering the various nominations and selecting the eventual category winners. ‘I think when you see the calibre of the people we are honouring this evening, you will agree the committee has done its job very well.’