Finalists 2022

Rebel Spirit Awards Finalists 2021/2022

Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated.
The daytime ceremony will take place in mid-March in Cork City.

Local Business – Community Spirit – Sponsor: Derek Madden and Company

Local businesses that showed Community Spirit. Businesses that looked after their staff or looked after their local community.

Cooking for the community – Pema Beshoff of Stacks Garden Catering cooked meals for her community.

Jason O’Gorman Dynamite studios

Jason O’Gorman of Dynamite Studio made his Mini Cork City illustrations available for download so you can print them out and spend the next few days colouring them in and arranging them at home.

Ciara Parsons Telus International Ireland – veg on wheels
Cork company employee donates veg grown on campus to local charity via her bike.

Organico created care packages for their staff.

Local Business – Pivoting – Sponsor: Climatech

Small Businesses that pivoted during lockdown to help the community

McWilliam Sailmakers – PPE Production – Handmade in Crosshaven
Produced gowns for healthcare workers.

Acme blinds – Pivoted to make face shields for healthcare workers

West Cork Distillers – Produced hand sanitiser

Airmedica – Produced hand sanitiser

Organico – Organico Care Packs based on care packs they made for staff

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture organisations that did something special in 2020/2021
Art galleries, musicians, DJs that gave so much to entertain us

Will Sliney – Art Challenge

Stevie G – Online Virtual Gigs including Halloween Disco for kids

Glucksman – Creativity At Home

PhotoGo community photography.
PhotoGo community photography competition engaged 4000 people with photography in level 5 lockdown

J.P. Quinn – produced a book for kids. A Bee at UCC book 


Fundraising: Innovative or impressive fundraising by Cork NGOs 2020/2021

O’Connor family fundraiser for Irish Community Air Ambulance

SVP and CAB Motor Company Car raffle raised €275k

Sheila Power and family fundraiser for CUH Charity

Hamilton High School Turning Points Book fundraiser

Fundraiser for O’Donoghue family after a fire

Public Service

Public Service Orgs and people doing amazing things in 2020/2021

Postman Kevin Ruby for bringing a smile to people during lockdown

Cork County Council’s Covid 19 Community Support Programme

Denis O’Donovan for voluntary work in educating young people

Lecturer Dr. Angela Flynn – Retrained and went on the front line during the first lockdown.
Dr. Flynn states this nomination is for all those who redeployed as frontline healthcare workers

Voluntary Orgs

Voluntary Orgs doing amazing things in 2020/2021

Carrigaline Covid Response Team

Orla Egan
Orla redesigned the Cork LGBT Walking Tour to become a covid-safe interactive walking tour with plaques placed on buildings of significance to the Cork LGTB community with QR codes linking to exhibits on the Cork LGBT Digital Archive.

Shine, based in Carrigaline, Cork.  took their support and teaching online and this provided a lifeline to both parents and children during a very challenging and anxious time.

Magazine Road Residence Association Tree Planting in memory of those who died during the pandemic

Communicators – Sponsor: HOLLYWOOD LED LETTERS

People that created and shared good factual information over the past 18 months.

Eoin English – Irish Examiner

Sexual Health Centre Cork

Cork Safety alerts

Central Statistics Office

Linda Kelly – Better Maternity Care

Content Creators – Sponsor: VUDINI.AI

Those that did music, made entertaining websites, did fun videos.

Tadgh Hickey

Two Norries Podcast

Cork County Council Rediscover Cork County Interactive Tourism Map and Town videos

Elite Pilates producing free daily videos during lockdown

Yay Cork Welcome Back, Cork campaign

Rebel Thinking

People or businesses that came up with interesting or different ideas in the past 18 months. Could be a product, a service, an initiative.

Notes to Cork – Positive messages on Cork Billboards

J.P. Quinn, sells framed pieces of the Old Bar in UCC

Be Mona has already turned over 18,000 plastic bottles into sports bras and leggings.

Foxglove Cocktails
Cocktail business started during lockdown sells cocktail mixer ingredients online

Kevin Smith – Created and self published an award winning comic

Matt Knight – Bird feeder vending machine in Carriagline based on his son’s love of ducks

A nod beyond Cork – Sponsor: BLACKNIGHT SOLUTIONS

Recognising people and organisations beyond Cork who did amazing things that made an impact

2km from Home website has global impact

Feed the Heroes fed 200,000 meals to frontline workers

Nearform Covid app maker

O’Neills pivot from sportswear to making scrubs

Alison Spittle’s Covideo party