Kieran O’Neill wins two Fingal Mayor’s Community Volunteer Awards

28 December 2022

Congratulations to our Kieran O’Neill who has won in the Community Facilities Category as well as the overall Fingal Mayor’s Community Volunteer Award for his contributions to Castleknock Community Centre.

Built in 1995, the centre promotes the cultural and educational development of young people including physical education and sporting activities to develop and promote community facilities.

The project included a new meeting room, the extension of an existing small meeting room into a larger activity room, expanding the seating area of the coffee shop to create a comfortable informal space, infrastructure upgrades replacing the main electrical distribution board and providing an increased gas supply for two boilers.

The Award acknowledges the efforts made by individuals who contribute positively to their communities in Fingal through active citizenship, increasing social cohesion and integration, the provision of community facilities and promotion of sports, culture and the arts in their area.

There were five Award categories: Social Inclusion, Active Citizenship, Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage, Community Facilities and Sport and Recreation. There was also the Unsung Hero Special Recognition Award, the People’s Choice Award and the Overall Fingal Mayor’s Community Volunteer Award which was selected from the five category winners.

The Awards are an initiative of Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, and are supported by Fingal County Council, Community, Culture and Sports Division and Fingal Public Participation Network (PPN).

Congratulating the winners in each category, Mayor McCamley said; “In Fingal, there are so many active and dedicated volunteers who make a huge difference to their communities. The impact they have on social, environmental and recreational well-being in our towns and communities is hugely positive and I am delighted we have the opportunity to recognise them.”

Catherine Cody, Castleknock Community Centre Manager, commented; “Kieran took ownership of the project from start to finish, prepared the case for a successful youth café grant application, tender for Architectural and engineering services, ensuring staff and centre users were involved in the design of the extension.”