Presentation Choir win top gong at Kilkenny Person of the Year awards

By Mary Cody

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Presentation Choir win top gong at Kilkenny Person of the Year awards

The girls from the Presentation Choir received a standing ovation at the 20th annual Kilkenny Person of the Year awards.

The group became a huge hit earlier this year when they performed on the hugely popular Britain's Got Talent television show.

To see a video of the Presentation Choir click here.

To see a photo gallery of the night click here.

Chairman of the organising committee, Billy Gardiner welcomed the 220 plus crowd to the event, which is a highlight for many on Kilkenny's social calendar. He welcomed the Mayor Patrick O'Neill and Cathaoirleach, Matt Doran along with the award sponsors and CEO of Kilkenny County Council, Colette Byrne.

“We are here to reward and recognise the people who make a difference to our lives. These people provide the glue that holds our communities together,” said Mr Gardiner.

The awards ceremony recognised nine category winners - Kilkenny Camogie (Sport), Sister Margaret Mary and Father Pat Carey (Community Support), Theresa Delahunty (Social Inclusion), Presentation Choir (Arts), Piltown Community Innovation (Rural Innovation), Kilkenny Civil Defence (Courage), Frances Bradley (Community Involvement), Pat Daly (Youth) and Geoff Meagher (Hall of Fame).

Radio and television personality Aonghus McAnally compered the night and interviewed all nine award recipients on stage. However it was Mayor Patrick O'Neill who announced the overall winner to rapptorous applause.

The Presentation Choir were congratulated for their magnificient talent and for inspiring the people of Kilkenny with their talent and dedication. Cathaoirleach Matt Doran presented the Hall of Fame award to Geoff Meagher.

“Geoff comes from the village of Windgap, as do I. He has been a stalwart of the St Vincent de Paul for many years and was also the financial controller of Avonmore. I have no doubt that Geoff Maher is one of the people who has made Avonmore what it is today,” he added.

The evening also included a drinks reception and three course meal along with music from The Works.

The beneficiary of the night was The Good Shepherd Centre. Board member, Dr Bill Cuddihy spoke and thanked the committee for choosing the charity.

“In doing so you are recognising the national crisis with homelessness. Last year using the funds raised from this event along with help from Kilkenny County Council we purchased a house and now we have a family living there,” he said. Dr Cuddihy congratulated all the winners on their achievements. For more see pages 44 and 45