Cavan County Council scooped two awards at the Chambers Ireland-sponsored Excellence in Local Government awards held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Thursday, 23 November.
Published on: 24 Nov 2017
First up was Cavan County Museum, which won the award for ‘Commemorations and Centenaries’ for its sterling work on its Commemoration Education Programme.
In this decade of centenaries, Cavan County Museum has led the way with its World War One Trench Experience, Battle of the Somme installation, Peace Garden, Reflective Space, and the 1916 Rising Experience, bringing these epochal events to life for visitors young and old.
Accepting the award on behalf of her hard-working team, Museum Curator Savina Donohoe said, “We are delighted to receive this Excellence in Local Government Award for our Commemoration Education Programme. We at Cavan County Museum take great pride in creating greater understanding of our present by educating people about our past and about the horrors of conflict. Through this work, we hope to play our part in maintaining a lasting peace on this island”.
Cavan County Council’s library staff also had reason to celebrate, as Cavan-Monaghan Science Festival, a joint initiative between Cavan County Council, Monaghan County Council, Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board and Science Foundation Ireland, took home a gong. The hugely successful festival, which featured over 200 fascinating events over two weeks, was the winner in the ‘Best Joint Local Authority Initiative’ category.
Carmel Cusack-Smith, who co-ordinated the event from the Cavan side, paid tribute to library staff in Cavan and Monaghan, staff from the environment section in Cavan County Council, and all the educators who gave their time to inspire children to take up a career in S.T.E.A.M.
“A huge amount of work goes into this festival, but when you see how much the young people enjoy seeing the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, it really is worth it,” said Ms Cusack Smith.
Main Image: Pictured at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government awards held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Thursday, 23 November are (l to r) Aidan O’Reilly, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Dr Michael Finnegan, Cavan County Museum, Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan County Council, Angus Laverty, An Post, Savina Donohoe, Curator Cavan County Museum, Cllr Paddy McDonald, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council, Ian Talbot, CEO Chambers Ireland
Pictured below: Aidan O’Reilly, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Carmel Cusack-Smith, Cavan County Library Service, Karen Mc Cague, Monaghan Library Service, Adele Sleator, Customer Relations Manager, EirGrid, Cllr Cathy Bennett, Cathaoirleach, Monaghan County Council, Eamonn O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Monaghan County Council, Ian Talbot, CEO Chambers Ireland