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Clon honours local achievers

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:04pm

Locals who have excelled in areas of sport, volunteerism and human endeavour and generosity have been honoured in Clonakilty.

The Clonakilty Mayoral Council honoured 11 people on the night among 50 guests over the weekend.

Mayor John Loughnan extended a welcome to all explaining that the five-person Mayoral Council selects nominations over a two to three month period for consideration.

He said the honourees on the night reflected all that was good about Clonakilty.

Those who received the Mayoral Awards were:

Gráinne O’Keeffe, who donated one of her kidneys a few months ago to her friend Fiona O’Donnell, who also received an award in recognition of her positivity and inspiration to others with illnesses.

Fiona was unfortunately unable to attend on doctor’s orders, and her award was accepted by her sister, Yvonne Evans.

Aoife O’Sullivan, Zach Harrington and Niall McCarthy each received awards in recognition of their achievements representing Ireland in European and World Orienteering Competitions.

Mike Deasy and Noreen Minihan each received awards in recognition of their lifetimes of voluntary activities in the community.

Mike Keohane, a liver transplantee, was recognised for his achievements as a sportsperson at European and World Transplant Games representing Ireland.

Trina Fitzpatrick was recognised for her endeavours representing Ireland on the world stage in kickboxing.

Tara McCarthy, for being appointed CEO of An Bórd Bia and prior to that, Bórd Iascaigh Mhara, while Jamie Googan was honoured for overcoming adversity and his work as a mental health and disability rights advocate.

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