Diaspora to be recognised with Chamber award

A new Diaspora Award will be presented to a Kilkenny person living and working abroad who has made a considerable success of their new life as an emigrant from this county.

A new Diaspora Award will be presented to a Kilkenny person living and working abroad who has made a considerable success of their new life as an emigrant from this county.

The new iniative will help bring home the countless good news stories from around the world of Kilkenny people making a success on foreign shores – be they self-employed, starting up a new business, or working for successful companies.

The Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce awards will be held in the Lyrath Hotel on November 24, and this award will highlight a success story from a local person who has achieved success outside of Ireland.

There are many such potential applicants, and with the Gathering 2013 about to commence from January, this is the first such award which will recognise the achievement of Kilkenny people abroad.

President of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Donie Butler said that the award would formally acknowledge and celebrate individuals from the diaspora for their hard work or impact they have made on their community.

“We are asking the people of Kilkenny to tell the story of their sons or daughters, or friend, or whoever abroad,” he said.

“This will give us the opportunity to recognise these people for their efforts or positive stories.”

Nominated stories and accounts will be judged by a panel of expert adjudicators. The award is being sponsored by Terry Clune’s Connect Ireland initiative, which attempts to capitalise on Irish connections abroad.

The closing date for applications is Friday, November 10. More details are available on www.kilkennypeople.ie, in the Kilkenny People newspaper and on KCLR.

Nomination forms for the Disaspora Award can also be downloaded by visiting the Kilkenny Chamber website on www.kilkennychamber.ie.