Thurles Credit Union has announced its sponsorship of the annual People of the Year Awards in Thurles this year.
Revealing the final details of the event at a special meeting in Credit Union House in Parnell Street last week, Tom Noone, a member of the organising committee, said that they were delighted with the ongoing popularity of the Awards and very pleased to continue presenting the event once again. This year the Awards will take on added significance in view of the forthcoming Golden Jubilee of the founding of the Credit Union in town.
“Given the tough times that the country is going through, it is more important than ever to recognise and reward voluntary input to our community” he said. “The aim of the awards is to highlight and formally recognise people who work voluntarily on behalf of their neighbours and friends”, said Mr Noone, “and it is only fitting that Thurles Credit Union should host the Awards since we are very dependent on voluntary effort ourselves.” He added that everyone in the Credit Union was very conscious of the marvellous work done by people across a whole range of community endeavours.
D. J. Darcy, President, said the Awards were the property of the public. Thurles Credit Union were proud to organise and sponsor the event but nomination and selection of the candidates for the Awards were a matter for the general public. The Awards were not confined to members of the credit union, nor was it a requirement to be a member in order to nominate someone in the community. “We are seeking nominees who represent a broad spectrum of community activities, ranging from charitable, sporting, social, youth and community work, but of course we will be guided by the public in their choices” said Mr. Darcy.
The final selection of award recipients will be made by an independent adjudication panel, and the successful nominees and their guests, will be honoured at the function in November. “Each year, we receive nominations for unsung heroes of the community, all doing sterling work without making any headlines”, said Mr. Darcy, “and we are confident that this year will be no different”. He also explained that the Awards presentation will form an integral part of the 50th Anniversary dinner in the Anner Hotel in November, at which Thurles-man Mark Fielding, C.E.O. of Irish Small & Medium Enterprises, will be the guest speaker.
Michael Harty, Loans and Marketing Officer, said it was significant that the Golden Jubilee celebrations should coincide with the Year of the Volunteer. Thurles Credit Union had been built into the strong, progressive business that it is today on the foundations laid by many volunteers over those fifty years. He said that volunteerism is very much under threat at present from a number of different fronts, not least the recession, which is contributing to the current dire financial straits of many clubs and local bodies. It was to encourage the voluntary aspect of community life that the awards were originally instituted and Thurles Credit Union recognises that it is more important than ever to continue highlighting the contributions of dedicated individuals and groups. Mr. Harty encouraged all local clubs and organisations to nominate those among them who deserve to have their work commended publicly.
Nominations may be made on the entry forms available in Credit Union House, Parnell Street, and in the credit union offices in Killenaule and Urlingford. Special tribute was paid at the meeting to the organising committee and the adjudicators for their work, and thanks were extended to the staff of “The Tipperary Star” for their invaluable assistance and support on an on-going basis.