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Cobh’s John Connolly’s a real gem

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 1:00am

A Cobh man cleaned up at a recent awards ceremony in Dublin.

John Connolly was honoured for the work he does at the Alcon Laboratories site on the Model Farm Road at the GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Awards, run by ISS Ireland.

ISS provides outsourced site services and aims to recognise the hard work of frontline staff in the services sector.

John is the cleaning supervisor for the Alcon site. The company recently celebrated 25 years in operation and welcomed guests to the Cork site, where many comments were made about the cleanliness of the facility, according to a statement from awards organiser ISS.

“These comments and the great feedback epitomises the hard work that John and his team do at Alcon on a consistent basis and the high standards they adhere to,” the statement read. John has also recently undergone treatment for cancer. During this time, ISS said, John continued to have very positive attitude, continued to work when he wasn’t getting treatment and has made a full recovery.

“He is very much liked and admired by his peers and by the client, very trustworthy and honest and a worthy winner,” said the statement.

John was among 150 winners honoured at a gala GEM Awards ceremony in the Castleknock Hotel & Country Club in Dublin recently. The awards were presented by Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan at the event.

“There’s great excitement among the winners here today and a real sense of satisfaction in being acknowledged for giving your best,” he said.

“That is a great feeling, whether on the sports field or in the workplace, and I have great respect for these individuals who consistently work hard and go beyond what is expected of them.”

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