Pictured at this month’s Community Spirit Award to COFFA ( Cork Old Folks Friendly Association) at Church Street, near Shandon, were from left, Dominic O’Callaghan ; Anne Twomey ; Denis Wilson, Chairman, COFFA ; Gerald McCarthy, Award Proposer ; Edel Kavanagh, Cork International Airport Hotel ( Joint Sponsors) ; Maeve Higgins and Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald.
(Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)
June 8th 2023
Community Spirit Award for group preserving untold stories of ordinary people
The latest winner of Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Awards is The Shandon Area History Group, a non-profit organisation which has dedicated itself to preserving the historical and cultural significance of Shandon and its surrounding areas as well as sharing the untold stories of ordinary people who made a difference.
The Shandon Area History Group began in 2012 with a small number of people who were interested in their local history. Since then, it has collected and preserved photographs of an historic value, produced exhibitions, published a book, contributed to several TV and radio documentaries and has given talks across Cork and online.
As part of the decade of commemorations, the local history group put on an exhibition at the St. Peter’s Visitor Centre, dedicated to 11 Cork women and their role in the fight for Irish independence. This exhibition has since been transformed into a book, which has gone into its second print. Furthermore, the group launched a documentary called “Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times,” which focuses on the contribution of Cork sisters to the fight for independence and was showcased at the Cork Indie Film Festival in October 2022.
The group has also contributed immensely to storytelling by producing a series of storyboards outlining the history of Cork from St. Finbarr to the late 20th century, which went on display at the visitor centre in the North Cathedral in Cork, with support from the City Council.
The Shandon Area History Group led various historical walks and research projects in Shandon and its surrounding areas. A recent project, a series of panels documenting the story of St. Ann’s Shandon, was on display in the church as part of the centenary celebrations.
General Manager of the Cork International Hotel, Eoghan Murphy said; “We are delighted to honour The Shandon Area History Group with our Community Spirit Award. Their passionate dedication to preserving the history and culture of Shandon is genuinely inspiring, and their contributions have touched both the local and wider community. Their work is a testament to the significant impact that can come from grassroots community initiatives.”
Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said, “The Shandon Area History Group has achieved so much in such a short period of time. It’s wonderful to see that their monthly talks have resumed in person with large audiences turning out once again. The aim of the group is to leave a legacy of research and information for the next generation of Corkonians about the Shandon area and the city itself. They certainly have reached that goal and are very deserving winners of the award.”
The Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Awards are sponsored by The Carrigdhoun Newspaper and Gerald McCarthy Giftware.
The judging panel for the Community Spirit Awards are made up of a mixture of representatives from the public and private sector within the community.
The judging panel for this award was:
Carmel Lonergan, Group Director of Operations, Trigon Hotels
Nicola Radley, Senior Executive Officer, Municipal District Operations & Rural Development at Cork County Council
Vincent O’Donovan, Publisher of The Carrigdhoun Newspaper
Nominations are now open for next month’s awards at: https://www.