County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea hosted a Mayoral Reception this evening, Wednesday 23rd September in the Foyer of County Hall to acknowledge recent national and international achievements by the people of Cork.
Commenting at tonight’s reception, Mayor O’Shea congratulated all of the three groups and the people associated with their success. “It is my great pleasure to host this event to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all the competitors on their wonderful achievements. They have all done so well in achieving national and international success and this evening is all about acknowledging the dedication and effort that goes into succeeding in their respective sporting and cultural achievements”.
The Mayor made three presentations on the night. Mallow Handball Club were honoured for their fantastic haul of 9 medals (5 gold & 4 silver) at the recent World Handball Championships in Calgary, Canada. 19 club members took part in the Championships which range from the age of under 11’s to adults and are thrilled to have brought back such pride to their hometown of Mallow.
Also honoured on the night were the Shandrum Ceili Band who won the All Ireland Senior Ceilí Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo recently. The band, who are no strangers to success get their name from the North Cork village of Newtownshandrum. The victorious group are the third band from Cork to achieve this title following in the footsteps of the Allow Ceilí Bands success in 2007 and the Awbeg Ceilí Band in 2012. It is no surprise that all of these bands emerged from the Freemount branch of Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Ereann in north Cork.
The Crossfield Ceilí Band also stormed to success in the U-18 All Ireland Ceilí Band competition, a very first success in this category for Cork. Holding of stiff opposition from reigning champions from Corofin in county Clare, the north Cork grouping lead the way for yet another prestigious award to return home to the rebel county.
Mayor O’ Shea added “I want to take this opportunity to give special mention to the coaches, mentors and backroom team whose role in these achievements is often overlooked but should never be underestimated. They have all contributed in different ways to creating a remarkable team effort who exemplify the spirit of our wonderful talent we have in this county. You all have certainly done your team, your family, your community and your County proud. I am delighted to honour you all as Mayor of the County of Cork on behalf of Cork County Council for achieving such heights in your respective sporting and cultural activities”.