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Community Spirit Awards

Nominations Now Open

The Community Spirit Awards by Cork International Hotel recognises an outstanding contribution or special achievement made to the community by a group or individual.

The awards are a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work done within our local community, to reward our unsung heroes and recognise the phenomenal contribution they have made to our lives. The awards aim to celebrate and recognise the remarkable people within our community who selflessly give their time, talent and dedication to benefit others.

These awards are sponsored by The Carrigdhoun Newspaper and Gerald McCarthy Giftware.



Anyone can nominate a volunteer or group that is located in Cork City or the Southside of Cork County. The only requirement is that they give their time voluntarily and without financial reward.



There is no deadline for entry. Community Spirit Awards are run monthly, with one monthly winner and one overall annual winner. Nominees can be submitted any time.


How do I enter?

Whether you are nominating yourself, your group/organisation, or someone else, please complete the form below.

If you are nominating someone, we will need to contact them directly to confirm that they wish to enter the awards – please include contact information for them when asked so that we can get in touch.

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our monthly winners 2023

Monthly Winners 2022

Our Monthly Winners 2021

Our Judging Panel


Gerald McCarthy – Gerald McCarthy Giftware

Gerald hurled for St Finbarr’s and had an illustrious club career, winning County Hurling and a County Senior Football title in 1976. At inter county level Gerald is the holder of 5 All-Ireland Senior Hurling titles in 1966 as captain, 1970 and the 3 in a row team of 1976, 1977 and 1978. He also won an All-Star award in 1975. 1966 was a very special year as Gerald captained Cork to All-Ireland success at both Senior and Under 21. Following his retirement Gerald had great success in coaching and in business and is the proud award sponsor for the Community Spirit Awards.


Aisling Killilea – Brand Manager Carrigaline & Douglas BOI

Aisling is the Branch Manager in Bank of Ireland with over a decade of experience in customer relations and employee management. Aisling is a strong believer in the power of positivity and team building in the workplace. She particularly enjoys the coaching and training element of the role and loves to develop new skills. Aisling is also fond of a good Netflix binge but can also regularly be found at the side of a pitch.


Nicola Radley – Senior Executive Officer Cork County Council

Nicola is a Senior Executive Officer with over 20 years Local Authority experience across Cork City and Cork County Councils. Nicola is responsible for Municipal Districts in the South Cork area. In that role, Nicola places huge value in working with and recognising the work done by volunteers in our communities, in making our towns and villages attractive and enjoyable spaces for all. Outside of work, Nicola is a mum of two to Jack and Emily, and fills her time having fun with them!


Vincent O’Donovan – The Carrigdhoun Newspaper

Vinncent O’Donovan is the co-owner and Editor of The Carrigdhoun Newspaper and has been at the helm for 25 of the newspaper’s 30 years. Vincent has a keen eye for local news and politics and has a passion for the development and growth of the South Cork area. Vincent has held many voluntary roles in the community over the years, including serving as President of Carrigaline & District Lions Club.


Jack White – The Carrigdhoun Newspaper

Jack White is the co-owner and Director at The Carrigdhoun Newspaper, and is recently marking 10 years with the company. Jack has been involved with several different clubs and organisations in the community over the years, including serving as Chairman of Crosshaven Rugby Football Club in 2015/2016. Jack is passionate about business and the economy and believes strongly in the importance of supporting local businesses. Jack is a keen sports fan and currently enjoys running and playing golf.

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