Cathaoirleach Awards 2017
The Cathaoirleach Awards are countywide awards acknowledging the contribution of volunteers across many local activity. Each Cathaoirligh within the three Municipal District (MD) nominate a person on behalf of the MD, with the Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council nominating a person for the wider county. The winners of the four Cathaoirleach Awards 2017 are:
|Longford County Council||Ciaran Corcoran|
|Ballymahon Municipal District||Peter Denehy|
|Granard Municipal District||Vincent Hawkins|
|Longford Municipal District||Liam Fenelon|
Ciaran Corcoran is Site Director for Abbott Ireland in Longford, as well as IBEC Midlands Regional President.
Within Abbott, Ciaran has helped put the company on path of continuous improvement and growth in Longford and embedded the organisation within the community. Abbott has become a key reference sites in promoting the county as a potential location for inward investment. Ciaran is a champion for this cause, supporting the different agencies involved in this area and championing Longford and the Midlands as an ideal location for business investment. As IBEC Midlands Regional President, Ciaran promotes education and skills development, and the development of business clusters that increase the Midlands' investment appeal.
Peter Denehy has been Chairman of Ballymahon Traders Association since 2014. Peter regards the highlight of his term as the announcement of Center Parcs by then Taoiseach, Enda Kenny in April 2015. His first involvement in the community/voluntary sector goes back to 2002 when he became involved with the Midland Motor Club and has for many years been a member of Ballymahon Tidy Towns, the Royal Canal Amenity Group and was Chairman of the Ballymahon St Patrick's day Parade Committee from 2011-14.
Vincent Hawkins has been a member of many local organisations, including the Parish Council, Colmcille Youth Band, the Community Alert Scheme, and the Vintage Tractor Club. He is also a church steward and an active member of the Colmcille branch of Friends of St Christopher’s, organising fundraising events, church gate collections, and the annual Dring Festival. For the last fifteen years, Vincent has involved in the development of Leebeen Park, voluntarily acting as project manager, overseeing developments as they happen. In the last year, the 1916 Memorial Garden has taken shape under his watch, with the recently-finished water feature the latest project he has seen through.
Liam Fenelon has used his marathon-running, business skills and jovial nature for his charitable efforts. Liam has fundraised for many causes, including the White Fathers of Africa, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin, Temple Street Children's Hospital, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Stonepark Tops of the Town, Leitrim Animal Welfare, St Christopher's in Longford, the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Liam is estimated to have raised many hundreds of thousands over the years.
Starting marathon-running at age 42, Liam has just completed marathon number 309. Taking part in marathons throughout the world, he is associated with the annual Longford Marathon and has used his love of running for the promotion of County Longford.