Community Recognition Event

Published: 14th February 2017

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council held its inaugural Community Recognition Event on Monday 13 February 2017 in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.

The celebratory event was organised to recognise volunteers from groups around the district who have been in receipt of Community Services or Good Relations Grant Aid in the past year and have contributed their time and skills for the betterment of their communities.

The night began with a welcome from the Chairperson of the Council, Cllr Mary Garrity, and was followed by an address from guest speaker Mr Peter Osborne, Chairperson of the Community Relations Council. Mr Osborne spoke on the role that community groups play in contributing to a shared cohesive society “Across Fermanagh and Omagh District a huge debt is owed to the selfless civic leadership of people who show what can be done, not for themselves but for the whole community regardless of background. It is community leaders who are often the first to realise the importance of healing fractured relationships; that when a community looks after all its citizens it is a community which will bequeath a healthy future to the next generation.”

In her address to the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity who addressed the members of the various groups represented, thanked them for the invaluable voluntary contribution that they have made and continually make to our district saying:

This event is an opportunity for me, as Chairperson, on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, to formally recognise the valuable contribution that you, the community sector, make to the fabric of our society, both in your own communities and to the district as a whole.

Your selfless work has made a significant difference to improving the quality of life of everyone living in your communities and I am proud to say that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has shown great faith in your work as evidenced by the financial investment and the level of support and expertise provided by Council officers over the years.”

Guests were provided with a fork supper and were entertained throughout the evening with music from local artists, St Eugene’s Brass and Brass Band, harpist Shauna Kearney and Omagh Community Youth Choir. The evening concluded with an opportunity for groups throughout the district to meet one another and to share ideas.

The Community Recognition event demonstrates the Council’s commitment to creating a sense of community across the new Council area and enabling voluntary groups to network across the district. It is anticipated that this event will become an annual Council event.

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