Individuals and organisations from the local sports, arts and community sectors were honoured last week at an event hosted by the outgoing Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr. Jerome Scanlan.
Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, World Championship winning handballers from around the county, the head of the County Limerick Youth Choir, and the Dromcollogher and District Respite Care Centre were amongst a number of groups and individuals honoured at Limerick County Hall, Dooradoyle.
Councillor Jerome Scanlan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said the purpose of the reception was “To celebrate the achievements of numerous groups and individuals who in their own way have made a significant contribution to their local community or who have achieved considerable success in their respective field of expertise.”
The first recipients of scrolls marking the occasion were handballers from various clubs around the county who won World Championship medals in recent months. They included Martina McMahon and Seamus O’Carroll (Cappagh), Bernie Hennessy, (Hospital), CJ Fitzpatrick, Tom O’Brien and Evan Murphy (Broadford), and Ben Walsh (Laochra Laimhne na Mhodscoile).
Cllr. Scanlan commented: “You are being given official recognition for your outstanding efforts and for having made an excellent contribution to Limerick’s longstanding, proud sporting reputation”.
Meanwhile, four individuals involved in the local arts scene and four community groups were also honoured at the civic ceremony. They included Limerick Marine Search and Rescue of whom Cllr. Scanlan commented: “In honouring Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, the Council is recognising the contributions of the many members and volunteers that have helped underline the extremely important role played by the Unit. In doing so, we are also expressing our appreciation and the appreciation of the people of Limerick of the role of all statutory bodies, volunteer organisations and individuals who contribute to emergency response efforts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”