Killarney builds up the big credits

Representing Killarney Credit Union at the awards ceremony were Pat Delaney, Chairman (centre) with
Stephen Darmody, Financial Controller and Helen Courtney Power, Business Development Officer

KILLARNEY Credit Union has won three international awards for excellence at an awards ceremony in Bloomsbury, London.

The accolades were presented by the International Credit Union Leadership Development and Education Foundation and Killarney was a category winner in the Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Excellence: Great Britain and Ireland.

In addition, it was the outright winner in the Engaging incommunity outreach and mobilization category and the category for serving as a financial incubator for seed, small and medium sized businesses. Killarney was also a runner-up in the best use of the media category.

Killarney Credit Union Chairman, Pat Delaney, said it was a wonderful achievement to receive the awards from the International Credit Union Leadership Development and Education Foundation.

“We are honoured to be recognised for our efforts as a credit union by a panel of international business and credit union experts. The adjudication process was comprehensive in nature and it is wonderful to be recognised for credit union excellence in both the UK and Ireland,” he said.

There has been no other Irish credit union winner since 2011 and the attendance at the awards ceremony included representatives from credit unions throughout the world including the United Kingdom, Philippines, Australia and United States.

The guest of honour and keynote speaker was Marlene Shiels, the CEO of Capital Credit Union Ltd, Edinburgh who has recently been invested with an OBE by the Queen of England.

In presenting the performance excellence for a cedit union serving as a financial incubator for seed, small and medium enterprises operated by credit union owner-members, the

judge stated: “Killarney Credit Union is a powerhouse of social enterprise and community, social and economic empowerment, passionate evangelists for what they do”.

The adjudicator added: “As someone long involved in the alternative business finance sector, I can only be impressed by the professional standard and legal compliance of this business growth and bridging loan initiative, which never loses its focus on supporting the local community.

“The financial capability is there, behind the scenes, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the credit union shines through”.

Helen Courtney Power, Business Development Officer, Killarney Credit Union (left) accepting the award from Marlene Shiels, OBE, at the awards ceremony in London

Presenting the award for performance excellence for engaging in community outreach and mobilisation by a credit union, the judges stated: “Killarney Credit Union is an extraordinary credit union.  Sport is an integral part of the Irish psyche, so this simple but effective method of tapping into the competitive nature and local loyalties has reaped great rewards”.

In the media award category Killarney was recognised for its use of social media for engagement with its members and communicating relevant messages to its target audience.

Representing the credit union at the awards ceremony were Pat Delaney, Chairman, Stephen Darmody, Financial Controller and Helen Courtney Power, Business Development Officer.

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