Paddy Murray pictured with his wife Ann after receiving the "Cork Area Volunteer of the Year" for 2016. Photo Jonathan Tyner
At a special ceremony in the Oriel Hotel in Ballincollig in October, Bandon man Paddy Murray was announced as the winner of the Irish Red Cross Cork Volunteer of the Year 2016.
Paddy, a native of Kilmurray, joined the Bandon Branch of the Irish Red Cross in 1974. Down through the years he has held various positions in the Branch and also served as Chairman of Cork County. Paddy’s commitment to the Society and his community has never faded. He was the driving force behind a major project in the 1970s, which saw the Bandon Branch secure a permanent home on Weir Street. Paddy continues to promote and encourage the personal development of the members of the Branch and has always been a guiding light for many aspiring young Red Cross members.
Sheila Callan, National Treasurer of the Irish Red Cross said it was a great privilege to present Paddy with the James O’Loughlin Memorial Perpetual Cup. “Paddy’s devotion to the work of the Irish Red Cross for over 40 years is very well rewarded by this accolade, I am delighted to have the honour of presenting this award to such an outstanding volunteer.” Paddy’s colleagues in the Bandon Branch, extended Red Cross family and wider community have extended congratulations to Paddy, wishing him many more successful years in volunteering.