Nine awards given out at Waterford's PPN Awards

A total of nine awards were handed out last night at the 18th annual Community and Voluntary Awards.

Run by Waterford PPN, they recognise and celebrate the commitment of those in the community sector.

For the groups, there were five categories for last night's ceremony.

The Cape-ability Club, a social outlet for young adults with special needs, was the big winner under the Children and Youth category.


For the Environment and Conservation category, Dungarvan Tidy Towns won the top award for their work to make the town an attractive and environmentally-friendly place.

Ballinameela Community Centre was awarded under Health and Wellbeing for facilitating and encouraging a wide range of a0ctivities.

Lismore Men's Shed was recognised under Social Inclusion and Community Support for helping to alleviate isolation for men.

And for the Spik and Span / Best Kept Residential Area category, Mount William Residents' Association was the big winner for all their work in improving the green areas there.


The individual awards went to Molly Flynn of the Red Cross Waterford, Pat Power of Ballymacarbry Tidy Towns, and Michael Cox of Park Rangers AFC.

The overall Pride of Place Award also went to the Cape-ability Club.

Cathy Martin and Sandra Dowd were among the founders of the Cape-Ability Club and they spoke to WLR following the awards.

"To get the big award is just absolutely outstanding and it's a little bit of recognition for what we've been doing," they said.

Cathy and Sandra shared how the idea came about after they met over coffee and needed something social for their daughters.

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