While no stranger to awards Kinsale is a town which does not rest on its laurels and while it is successful and a great place to live and to work there is a strong community spirit and top class volunteers all of whom campaign and give hugely of their time to ensure Kinsale stays ahead of the game. Cork County Councillor Kevin Murphy spoke at an event at the Bank of Ireland last night to mark the fact that Kinsale is this year’s winner of the National Enterprise Town Awards in the town category with a population between 3,000 and 7,000 people. Eilis Mannion, head of Bank of Ireland Cork County said it was a huge achievement for Kinsale. This was the second year of the awards – 83 towns were shortlisted and four of these were in Cork – Kinsale, Mitchelstown, Clonakilty and Mallow. She said Kinsale put forward a very strong presentation which spoke about the past, the present and the future and the judges she said clearly were impressed.
Special mention was given to Kinsale Community School and School Principal Fergal McCarthy who met with the judges on the day and explained how the school works with the community and why and how the school is an integral part of Kinsale. Cork County Councillor Alan Coleman spoke about the improvements in Kinsale especially over the last 20 years especially with regard to schools and primary schools in particular. He complimented Kinsale College and spoke about how lucky the town is to have such a fine third level facility coupled with a really great Community School. He mentioned the many active community groups within Kinsale in particular the Tidy Towns Committee.
This BOI Award he said is a huge step forward. He spoke about the Inspired by Kinsale initiative which looks at Kinsale going forward so over the next 20 years and on behalf of Cork County Council he said the Council would look forward to continuing to work closely with Kinsale as the town continues to grow and move and drive forward. Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business Chairperson Guny Patel said she was proud and honoured to accept two Awards on behalf of Kinsale plus prize money of €13,000. She thanked Cork County Council, the many groups within Kinsale, Kinsale Community School and School Principal Fergal McCarthy and she said the Chamber very much looks forward to working closely with lots of groups in 2019 to continue to promote Kinsale locally and nationally.