Night for Manuela organisers awarded Volunteers of The Year

 Pictured at the 2010 Mayors Awards at the Black Box were Paddy Connolly of Hibs Foyle,  Dr Richard Joyce of Galway Hospice, Treacy Fergusson of  the

Pictured at the 2010 Mayors Awards at the Black Box were Paddy Connolly of Hibs Foyle, Dr Richard Joyce of Galway Hospice, Treacy Fergusson of the "A Night for Manuela" Organising Committee, John Hubbert of The Gaff, Michelle Corcoran of Ballinfoile Parent and Toddler Group, Local Areas Award winner Valerie Pointer, Mayor Michael Crowe, Margaret Douglas of The Ballinfolie Mór Community Garden and Ciara Ruane of 126 Artist-run gallery. Photograph by Aengus McMahon

The Night for Manuela Organising Committee won the Galway City Credit Union’s Volunteers of the Year at the eighth Annual Mayor’s Awards for Galway City.

At the ceremony for the 2010 Mayor’s Awards, which was held this week in the Black Box Theatre, the Mayor of Galway councillor Michael J Crowe presented the top award to the Night for Manuela committee in recognition of their fundraising initiatives over the past two years.

Other recipients of Mayor’s Awards include Dr Richard Joyce for his work with Galway Hospice and the members of Ballinfoile Mór Community Garden for their work in developing the garden as a resource for their community.

Nearly 70 individuals and groups received certificates from the mayor in celebration of voluntary activity in community life in the city. The awards are organised by Galway City Council and are sponsored by the Galway City Credit Unions.

The St Anthony’s & Claddagh Credit Union arts, culture, heritage, and cursaí Gaeilge award went to the 126 Artist-run gallery, in recognition of the additional exposure opportunities it provides for artists in Galway and the surrounds.

The St Columba’s Credit Union residents’ and local areas’ award went to Valerie Pointer for her commitment to improving the lives of those in her community. The Naomh Pádraig Credit Union social and community support award went to The Ballinfolie Mór Community Garden.

The Naomh Pádraig Credit Union social and community support award went to Dr Richard Joyce. The Sports Volunteer of the Year Award went to Paddy Connolly in recognition of service to soccer with his local club Hibs Foyle.

The Children and Youth Award went to The Ballinfoile Parent & Toddler Group for their support and friendship to parents with young children in their area. The Young Volunteer of the Year was given to John Hubert for his commitment and work over a number of years in the GAF Youth Cafe.

Each of the winners received a Galway Crystal trophy and a cheque for €700

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