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Liam is the pride of his native place

The brilliant entertainer Liam O’Connor is to be presented with a Pride of Cork award

BRILLIANT musician and entertainer Liam O’Connor is to be honoured with a prestigious Pride of Cork award.

The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate amazing people, organisations and communities, with close links to Cork, who are doing wonderful things and achieving great goals in life.

Liam, originally from Newmarket in North Cork but living in Killarney for many years, is being honoured in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to music with his incredible talent for close to 30 years.

Always at the forefront in the promotion of Ireland, locally and globally, Liam is listed in the Guinness World Records as having the fastest fingers in the world on the accordion. He toured with Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley for two and a half years and he became the only Irish musician to be asked to perform at the prestigious Ryder Cup, not once but twice.

Miriam O’Callaghan will host the awards ceremony

Liam also recorded the official anthem for the Gaelic Athletic Association with broadcasting legend Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh which topped the Irish charts for six weeks and more recently, he and his family have joined forces with Clannad singer Moya Brennan and her adult children to record new tracks.

The Pride of Cork awards were due to be presented at a gala reception, hosted by RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan, in the Convention Center of the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs this weekend but, due to the ongoing pandemic and in the interests of public health, the ceremony has been postponed until next March.

Other 2021 Pride of Cork award recipients include Dr Christ Luke in recognition to his remarkable service as an emergency medicine consultant at CUH, Vice Admirable Mark Mellett to mark his 46 years of service with the Irish Defence Forces and his retirement as Chief of Staff, singer-songwriter Karen Underwood and campaigner for the elderly Paddy O’Brien.

Also on the honours list are six-year-old Adam King whose virtual hug project has raised thousands of euro for children’s hospitals, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf for their bravery, good humour and sporting achievements, charity champions Mark O’Sullivan, Geard Kean and Don O’Leary, long-serving Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross Dr Paul Colton and media personalities Paul Byrne of Virgin Media, Ralph Riegel of Independent Newspapers and veteran broadcaster Alf McCarthy.

A posthumous award will be presented to the family of the late Bina Falvey – mother of Kerry-based adventurer Pat – in recognition of her great community work and her promotion of Cork.

* Liam O’Connor will perform in concert, with Moya Brennan, in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney on Wednesday, December 8. The guest speaker on the night will be inspirational Galway hurling legend Joe Canning. Tickets are available from 064-6631021 or on ticketstop.ie.