The Municipal District Councillors and officials pictured with the award winners.
A great evening of celebration of achievement in The Templemore Arms Hotel.
The Templemore Thurles Municipal District Council was en fete this week as eight individuals/groups were accorded a civic reception in The Templemore Arms, presided over by Cllr Seamus Hanafin.
It was a superbly organised event, thanks to the efforts of MD officials Deirdre O'Shea and Julie Barrett, and the appreciative comments went both ways with the recipients hugely humbled and honoured to be recognised, and the council members delighted to be doing the honouring.
“These awards are recognising the ourstanding achievements of the recipients and is the highest award that we as a Municipal District can bestow. This is your community acknowledging your achievements and we are thrilled to have you all here for the event,” Councillor Seamus Hanafin said, just after a welcome had been extended by District Administrator Deirdre O'Shea.
The recipients were: Paracyclist and Olympian Peter Ryan from Upperchurch; The Cummins family from Rahealty - Ireland's Fittest Family 2016; Alan Tynan from Roscrea, Irish u-21 rugby international; JP Cooney from Littleton, winner of a Pro 12 medal with Connacht; Lisheen Mine for their excellence in the closure process of the mine; Loughmore Tug-o-War, winners of Munster and National titles; Thurles Boxing Club which has won 19 Irish titles since re-establishment; and Martin Leydon, Templemore for his contribution to athletics in Templemore and Our Lady's Secondary School.
All of the recipients spoke on the night with the common thread of appreciation running through their comments.
They were delighted to be recognised by their own communities and used the opportunity to thank all those who helped them on their journey to reaching the goals set-out.
There was a very warm and relaxed atmosphere throughout the event and that continued afterwards with refreshments being served and the welcome cupán tae encouraging plenty of chat and conversation.