Blackwater S&R and Cope to benefit from County Mayor’s Charity Gala

Attending the launch were the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Frank O'Flynn and his wife Mary. Included (on the right) were Elaine Murphy, fundraising manager, Cope Foundation; Sean Abbot, CEO Cope Foundation and Andrew, person supported by Cope Foundation in Fermoy. Also included at the launch were members of the Blackwater Search and Recovery Unit. (Pic: Brian Lougheed)

The Mayor of County Cork’s Charity Gala will take place at the Radisson Blu Little Island on Friday, April 19th raising vital funds for two deserving causes chosen personally by Mayor Frank O’Flynn, namely Blackwater Search and Recovery Unit and Cope Foundation’s locations in Fermoy and Mitchelstown. The event also marks the mayors successful term of office.

Blackwater Search and Recovery Unit, based in Fermoy, is a voluntary organisation committed to providing search and recovery services for missing persons in and around the Blackwater River area. The funds raised at the charity gala will contribute to their ongoing efforts to enhance safety and support families in times of crisis.

Maurice Carroll, chair of Blackwater Search and Recovery Unit, outlined what it means to the organisation to be nominated as a beneficiary.
“We are a completely voluntary organisation established by necessity in 1983. Situated on banks of the Blackwater in the town of Fermoy, we respond when called upon through official channels with over 300 callouts throughout this time.  On behalf of the Blackwater Sub Aqua Club we are deeply grateful for the support of the Mayor’s Charity Gala”.

The second worthy nominee, Cope Foundation, is a renowned Cork based non-profit organisation that focuses on empowering people with an intellectual disability and/or autism to live a life of their choosing. The Mayor’s Charity Gala aims to bolster their initiatives, ensuring they can continue to provide essential services to the people they support and their families.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Frank O’Flynn for selecting Cope Foundation to be one of the beneficiaries of the upcoming gala”, said Sean Abbott, CEO Cope Foundation. “This is a great opportunity to highlight the work we do in local communities and funds raised will make a significant difference on the lives of people we support in our Fermoy and Mitchelstown locations. It’s set to be an enjoyable night for all and I welcome businesses across the county to attend and support two worthy Cork charities”.


The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Frank O’Flynn, highlighted the importance of this charitable event.

“It has been my honour and privilege to serve the people of Cork county as their Mayor and I hope the community can join me at the annual County Mayor’s Charity Gala. Im really looking forward to showcasing all that is great and good about our county on the night. I love that it is not just a glamorous affair; it’s an opportunity for our community to come together and make a real difference.

“We are proud to support the incredible work of the Blackwater Search and Recovery Unit and Cope Foundation, and we invite everyone to join us for a night of celebration and generosity.” 

Don’t miss this chance to be part of an unforgettable evening while contributing to the betterment of our community. Put April 19th, the Cork County Mayor’s Charity Gala in your diary. Tickets priced at €100 each can be purchased online by visiting, by emailing or by calling (021) 4285367. Dress code is semi formal and 100% of proceeds will be distributed equally between Blackwater Search and Recovery Unit and Cope Foundation.