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Cathaoirleach Awards and Grants

This event celebrates the people in our community, their involvement and volunteering, their commitment to their own community and to the wider community.

Westmeath County Council is proud to continue to demonstrate its support of community & civic endeavour through the Cathaoirleach Awards.

Pride of Place Eco Schools Competition.

Winner of the under 100 pupils competition went to St. Brigid’s National School Ballynacarrgy.

Winner of the 100+ pupil’s category went Mullingar Educate Together National School.

The Special Category award this year is based on 2010 being European year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

Awarded to Westmeath Older Peoples Forum in recognition of their project.

Community in actions scheme grants "significant achievement grant"

Awarded to Castledaly Community Car Park Committee

Cathaoirleach Special Group/Organisation Award

Awarded to Westmeath ICA Guild which is celebrating the centenary of 100 years of ICA nationwide.

Cathaoirleach’s Awards Certificates of Recognition were given to the following list of nominees:

Person Nominated  Nomination Group 
 Angela Montgomery  Castlepollard Youth Club 
 Ann Creagh   Moyvore Tidy Towns
 Bernard Bradley   Rochfortbridge Tidy Towns
 Billy Buckley   Moyvoughley Community Centre Committee
 Colm Gildea   Kinnegad Community Council
 Dale Greenwood   Ballymore Community Childcare Facility
 David Raftis   Athlone Women's Network
 Dermot Hope   Westmeath PWDI
 Frank Brennan   Crookedwood Community Development
 John Humphreys   St. Lomans GAA
 Kathleen (Kitty) Flynn   "Young at Heart" Active Retirement Group Kilbeggan
 Liam McGovern   Mullingar Athletic AFC
 Mel O'Flynn   RTE All Ireland Drama Festival Athlone
 Olivia Cronin  Killucan/Raharney Tidy Towns Community Games
 Padraic Keena   Clonmellon Community Council
 Pat McGonagle   RTE All Ireland Drama Festival Athlone
 Peter Gillivan   Mount Carmel Residents Association
 Peter Fox   Streamstown Tidy Village
 Peter McGrath  Ballymore Tidy Towns
Teresa Coloe  Ballynacargy Tidy Towns Committee
 Terry O'Dowd  Mullingar Shamrocks
 Thady Burke  Castlepollard Guild ICA
Tom Egan  Castlepollard Festival Committee
 Tony Dolan  Multyfarnham Tidy Towns & Park Development

Cathaoirleach’s Awards overall winners under the following categories:

Award   Person Nominated  Nomination Group  Narrative of Nominee  
 Community Involvement  Peter Fox   Streamstown Tidy Village  Peter has always being more than generous with his time and energy to the community.  He was much involved with the setting up of the community centre in Streamstown and pitch, in which all ages and all groups can enjoy today.  Peter is also involved in the Streamstown Tidy Village, and has being the driving force of many ideas and fundraisers for this committee.
 Youth & Sport Developmen   Terry O' Dowd   Mullingar Shamrocks  Terry was know as a dual player for Pearce’s and Shamrocks and on hanging up his booths he has devoted his spare time to the promoting the GAA in Mullingar.  He has refereed at club and county level.  Has held a variety of administration positions as the club.  Terry coaching has spanned the generations of the club and he is known for encouraging the youth of today to get involved in GAA
 Environment & Heritage   Bernard Bradley   Rochfortbridge Tidy Towns  Bernard has been involved in Rochfordbridge Tidytown Committee for many years.  He continually inspires and encourages fellow members to work for the betterment of the village.  Has being and advocate for keeping Rochfordbridge litter free, safe, attractive and a healthier environment for residents to live and work in.
 Arts & culture   Mel O' Flynn   RTE All Ireland Drama Festival Athlone   Mel won the Best actress at the 1960 all Ireland drama festival in Athlone, now a member of the festival committee and directing plays for Athlone little theatre for over 20 years.  Mel started as a director in the 90’s and has directed many Irish and international plays.  Mel was one of the founder members of Athlone Literary festival.  Mel has played a major part in developing arts and culture in Athlone and throughout the county of Westmeath
 Active Citizenship  Thady Burke   Castlepollard Guild ICA  Thady is person who devotes his time to various groups.  He has help with various organisations in the parish including Ringstown Hurling club, Coole Whitehall social services committee, child protection officer, Parish finance committee, St Patrick Day Committee, Graveyard maintenance committee, Credit union board of directors, Stewarding group for church ceremonies, Thady involvement in the community is endless and also know as a great neighbour to all.

The Overall Cathaoirleach Award Winner 2010

Awarded to Liam McGovern from Mullingar Athletic Club AFC nominated by Mullingar Athletic Club AFC. Liam is a native of Athboy, Co. Meath who came to live in Mullingar approx 20 years ago. He is one of the founder members of Mullingar Athletic club as a player and subsequently served as trustee, secretary, team manager and voluntary project manager to develop in the club.

Liam has been the driving force behind the club, During this time the club has acquired and developed a 14 acre playing facility comprising of a club house 3 playing pitches, floodlighting, 2 all weather 5 a side pitches and a full size all weather floodlight pitch. Liam was the voluntary project manager for all these developments and devotes almost all his leisure time to the club which caters for approx 1,800 participants per week of all age. Under his influence the club has won many honours

Cathaoirleach’s Special Individual Award for 2010

Awarded to Sister Finbar.

Sister Finbar who is a sister of Mercy came to Mullingar in the early seventies to take charge of the catering facilities at Mullingar hospital. While working in the hospital Sister Finbar came to realize that many of the women who she was working with were seriously disadvantaged. Sister Finbar then went to work in the community and quickly established the Mother’s and Toddler’s group. From this beginning her work developed enormously and today we have an organization the Women’s Community Project’s whose mission statement is as follows:

“To facilitate the empowerment of women through education training and community enterprise development” The objection contained in this statement has been and continues to be achieved by the skillful efforts of Sister Finbar who has successfully motivated numerous of people and organizations to come on board. Sister Finbar, is the perfect example of someone who has applied the Christian message in practical manner within the community.

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