Kilkenny groups win National Lottery Awards
The Cois Nore Cancer Support Group and St Canice’s Cathedral are among six Kilkenny organisations named as County winners in the first ever National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The awards honour the inspiring work of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals all over Ireland with the help of Good Causes funding. Nearly 30 cent of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes, which has a big impact on communities across the country.
Announcing the Kilkenny winners. National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “We were bowled over by the calibre of entries and the impact that these organisations are having in their local communities. We know that these groups are doing extraordinary things and the Good Causes awards recognize and celebrate their achievements.”
The Kilkenny County winners
Community: Goresbridge Community & Development Park
Goresbridge Community Park is a new facility with a playground, playing pitch, walking track and dressing rooms. Developed with the help of Good Causes funding, it is used by the community including pupils from the local Saplings School for Autism.
Sport: Thomastown Paddlers Canoe Club
Thomastown Paddlers Canoe Club delivers top class water- based sports for all ages in a safe and friendly environment, showcasing the River Nore and its amenities at the same time. Good Causes funding allowed it buy safety equipment for members.
Health & Wellbeing: Cois Nore Cancer Support Group
Cois Nore Cancer Support Group provides emotional and practical support for people who have been affected by cancer and their families. Good Causes funding helped it develop a Writing for the Future programme which provides a photograph and memory book for families of patients.
Heritage: St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower
St. Canice’s Cathedral is the second largest medieval cathedral in Ireland and has been a place of continuous ecclesiastical worship since the seventh century. Good Causes funding has allowed important conservation work to be carried out on the building.
Arts & Culture: Blackstack Studio
The Blackstack fine art print studio provides specialist printmaking facilities for artists and the wider community in Kilkenny and the South East. The Good Causes Funding allowed it to provide master classes and training programmes, and to appoint a studio administrator.
These winners will represent Kilkenny in the South Regional finals, competing for a place in the National Finals in Dublin on November 3rd.
Broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr, Chair of the Judging panel, concluded “The competition is fierce in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The standard of entries is really impressive. I congratulate all of the County Winners and look forward to seeing Kilkenny competing in the Regional Finals next month.”
Each category winner will received €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000. The full list of County Winners can be found at www.lottery.ie/ goodcausesawards.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games – or over €619,000 per day – goes back to Good Causes all over the country in the areas of Sports, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Community, Health, Youth and the Irish Language. Last year alone more than €226 million was raised by players of National Lottery games for such Good Causes