Eoghan Murphy, Deputy General Manager of the Cork International Hotel and Aisling Killilea, Branch Manager Bank of Ireland Carrigaline and Douglas presenting the Community Spirit Award for February to Chris O’Donovan, search coordinator for the Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery. Photo: John Allen

Heroes awarded on Leeside

Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery has been chosen as the Community Spirit Award winner for February.

The charity was chosen for its tireless and heroic efforts to provide support to families and friends during the darkest time of their lives.

It provides experienced teams who conduct searches on both land and water, often continuing to search long after all state agencies have been stood down.

All members are all volunteers with full time jobs who still manage to make themselves available at short notice 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

During the pandemic, they also assisted Cork Penny Dinners with the distribution of meals to the elderly, vulnerable and families who had fallen on hard times.

The new Community Spirit Award was established this year to honour volunteers who are making a significant contribution to their community.

The award, run by the Cork International Hotel, will see a group or individual chosen every month with an overall winner selected at the end of the year.

Deputy General Manager of the Cork International Hotel, Eoghan Murphy said: “We are delighted to see Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery pick up the second award this year. We in Cork city are so proud of all they do and the amazing work they undertake to help others.”

Volunteer nominations are now open at corkinternationalairporthotel.com/community-spirit-awards.