Cork Foundation were delighted to present the winners of our Cork Home and Away Diaspora Photographic Exhibition competition with their prizes on Monday 26th of February. The chosen five will now go on display in one of Bank of Ireland branches in Midleton, Glanmire or Little Island. The exhibition which was housed in Cork Airport during the lead up to Christmas, was part of our Diaspora strategy with Cork County Council. The purpose of this partnership is to highlight opportunities in local communities throughout Cork. Deputy Mayor Cllr Ian Doyle and Chairperson of Cork Foundation Aine Collins were both in attendance.
Cork Foundations main aim is to connect Cork network globally to support Cork people locally. We were fortunate enough to receive over 200 submissions and from that 75 were chosen to be put on display in both the County Council Offices and Cork Airport over the last few months. From this, five photos and three photographers were chosen as the overall winners of the competition, Martin Duggan, Kaumal Baig and Lorna MacDonald. Our hope is that the exhibition strengthens our connection to Cork by showing what Cork really means to people both at home and abroad.
In speaking of the Exhibition Prize Giving, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley commented; “The Cork County Community Diaspora is a joint initiative between Cork County Council and Cork Foundation and one which has been wonderfully successful. It has provided a fantastic opportunity for Cork parishes to discover their descendants, encourage them to visit while also significantly increasing international awareness of these locations in the first instance. As Mayor it gives me great pride to see people find their roots in Ireland and especially in Cork. “
Cork Foundation would like to thank Cork County Council, Cork Airport, Bank of Ireland, Photographer Michael O’Sullivan and of course all the photographers who contributed to making the exhibition a wonderful success.
“Cork Foundation would like to congratulate the three winners of our Diaspora Photographic Exhibition Competition for their wonderful contribution. We at the foundation want to reach out even further to our Cork Diaspora and help to connect them with their Cork routes. This exhibition was a great opportunity to do just that. Commented Aine Collins, Chairperson of Cork Foundation.
“Cork Foundation are delighted to partner with Cork County Council and looking forward to develop and strengthen our diaspora strategy throughout 2018/2019.” Commented Padraic Vallely, CEO Cork Foundation.