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Ambassador Awards 2016

19 December, 2016

Six Category Winners Honoured at Annual Awards Dinner

Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) hosted the third annual #CorkNeedsYou Cork Conference Ambassadors’ Awards at the Cork International Hotel. The prestigious ceremony paid special tribute to six category winning ambassadors who have helped secure in excess of €11 million for the local economy over the past 12 months and who were instrumental in bringing more than 14,000 delegates to Cork in the past year, 8,000 of whom were international delegates.

Seamus Heaney, Chairman of Cork Convention Bureau said:

“I’m delighted to be here this evening, paying a well-deserved tribute to all of our Cork Ambassadors who work tirelessly to deliver valuable business tourism for Cork. To give you a sense of the value of business tourism to the local economy, more than €60 million has been generated in the past nine years here in Cork. During the last 12 months alone, we have helped bring more than 14,000 delegates to Cork, 8,000 of whom were international visitors. As we celebrate our award winners here tonight, I would also like to pay tribute to both Cork City Council and Cork County Council for their overall support and for their vision in recognising the value of business tourism to the economy here in Cork.”

During the awards ceremony, honourees were awarded for bringing international conferences and events to the region and special recognition was given in six separate categories.

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Academic Award

This year’s academic category award went to Prof Jeremy Glennon for securing the International Symposium on Chromatography Conference for Cork. The International Symposium on Chromatography attracted over 500 international delegates to Cork in August 2016. The major focus of the symposium was on the impact and continuing contribution of chromatography and separation science to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical, food, health, science and medicine industry. Apryll Stalcup and Jeremy D. Glennon were joint chairs of the symposium.

Corporate Ambassador Award

EIL Ireland were the recipients of this year’s Corporate Ambassador Award. EIL Ireland - an Intercultural Learning Company brought a large group of corporate volunteers to Cork from the US for a programme that combined meetings with corporate social responsibility (CSR) elements involving local organisations such as Cope Foundation, Churchfield Community Trust, Dress for Success, Cork Penny Dinners and North Main Street. Rehabilitation.   

Association Award

Liz Nolan and her team were this year’s winners of the Association Category award for bringing the 27th Annual Convention of the Association of Barbershop Singers to Cork. The venue for all competitions and concerts was the magnificent City Hall with the headquarters hotel situated across the river in the Clarion Hotel. Attendees came from all over the world and Liz and her colleagues now have their sights set on bringing the European Convention to Ireland!

Sporting Award

Most people think rugby is about people running about, bashing into each other over a ball. Sunday’s Well Rebels take a different view: To them, Rugby is a team game that, by engaging in key values, creates an exhilarating and fulfilling activity and thus provides an outlet for individuals who wouldn’t normally be engaged in sport.

Sunday’s Well rebels use rugby as a vehicle for enhancing the lives of participants, fostering confidence and social skills, and breaking down barriers that still persist around disability that are not always visually apparent. Inclusion is about being included, every member of Sunday’s Well Rebels feels included regardless if they have or have not a disability.

In 2016 Sunday’s Well Rebels bid to host the International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament in Cork in 2017.  Even though this event was one that was lost for Cork, tonight we want to recognise two great Ambassadors, Alan Craughwell and Liam Maher who gave the bid their full efforts with high expectations for Cork and Ireland. Now with the passing of time these two true Ambassadors have dusted themselves down, got back on the saddle and are committed to a future bid for Cork to be a host to the Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament.

Ultimate Ambassador Award

The winner of the Cork Convention Bureau Ultimate Ambassador Award this evening is the Derry Cronin and Family of Cronin’s Coaches Ltd., and the Cronin Travel Group. Cronin’s will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary in business in 2017.  Their contribution to the Tourism Sector of Cork is what CCB paid tribute to. Now the next generation of the Cronin Family is working hard with a staff of 60 people to maintain their reputation as one of the top Travel Companies in Ireland.

“The Cronin Family work closely with Cork Convention Bureau in securing and winning business for the region and we wish them every success into the future.” said Evelyn O’Sullivan of the Bureau

Among the key guests who attended this year’s black tie awards dinner, hosted by former radio and television personality Bibi Baskin, were Ard Mhéara Chorcaí, Des Cahill; Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Michael Hegarty; the Chief Executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty; the President of Cork Chamber, Barrie O’Connell; Chair of the Irish Hotel Federation Aaron Mansworth and Ciara Gallagher, Acting Head of Business Tourism & Events, Fáilte Ireland.

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