One of our most popular and enduring projects… the CEF annual awards celebrate the work and stories of Cork’s unsung heroes. This year a Cork Community Garden Award was also introduced for the first time. Congratulations to all of our winners, and we wish them all continuing success with their inspirational projects.
Sustainable Clonakilty were presented with the prize in the Community and Voluntary category for their extraordinary work in organising the first Clonakilty Energy Week in October 2010. The project featured a range of family friendly and community building events centred around making Clonakilty less dependent on imported energy. Presenting the award, Emer Dennehy of the SEAI complemented the group on the strong statistical groundwork prepared by the group.
Pictured here are (l to r): Michael Hobbs (Chairman CEF), Emer Dennehy (Trends Analyst, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) presenting the award to Peter Madden(Chairman Sustainable Clonakilty) with Tony Cain (PRO CEF) and Patrick Treacy (Development Coordinator CEF).
The West Cork Tourism Co-op were the winners in the Business & Commercial category this year. The group succeeded in successfully relaunching the Cork-Swansea ferry route with a shareholding of communities in west Cork and Wales. The link re-establishes a relatively low carbon means of transport between Cork and the UK, and potentially to mainland Europe.
Pictured here are (l to r): Michael Hobbs (Chairman CEF), Conor Buckley (Chairman West Cork Tourism Co-op) receiving the award from Barbara-Anne Richardson (Marketing and Commercial Services Manager Cork Chamber of Commerce) with Bernie Connolly (Treasurer CEF and nominating member).
This year’s Outstanding Individual Award went to John Dolan, founder of the Bantry Community Supported Agriculture scheme. John has been a selfless advocate of the need for Ireland to re-establish some kind of food security for itself. He founded the Bantry CSA scheme in 2009 and since then has given numerous talks to communities around Cork interested in similar projects. CSA is a direct contract between communities and local farmers to grow food crops – oats, potatoes, root vegetables etc – and is of direct benefit to both producer and consumer.
Pictured here are (l to r): Alan Jagoe (Cork Macra na Feirme) presenting the award to John Dolan, with Michael Hobbs (Chairman CEF).
The new Cork County Community Garden Award was presented to two groups – one for their efforts in 2009, the other for 2010. The County winners were this year selected from the winners of the 2009 and 2010 local competitions in Bandon, Clonakilty and Kinsale.
The 2009 winner was the Clonakilty Kindergarten which produced an extraordinary garden in a small space which scored highly in community involvement, use of space, productivity, diversity and use of produce and seasonality.
Meanwhile the 2010 award goes to St. Marys Terrace, Kilmurray. This garden left a tremendous impression on the judges for its use of a large space, the high standard of garden generated from disused ground, diversity and use of produce and effect on its community.
Pictured here are (top picture, l to r): Donal O’Riordan (Sustainable Bandon and judge), Alice Glendinning (Sustainable Clonakilty and judge) presenting the award to Karen Bean (Clonakilty Kindergarten), with Michael Hobbs (Chairman CEF).
(Bottom picture, l to r): Theresa Crowley (Kilmurray Community Garden), Michael Hobbs (Chairman CEF), Donal O’Riordan (Sustainable Bandon and judge) presenting the award to Rachel Aitken-Crawshaw (Kilmurray Community Garden), with Raymond Crowley, Jelena Zaiceva and June Crowley (all Kilmurray Community Garden).