Brother Ben Cusack, pictured at the Youth Club he founded 40 years ago this year, receives a Person of the Month award. (Picture: Mick Finn)

Brother Ben Cusack’s contribution to education and youth mentoring over the past 40 years in Cork has been recognised with a Cork Person of the Month award.

Br Ben was the very popular principal of Sullivan’s Quay CBS between 1981 and 2006. He also founded their famous Edmund Rice Youth Club, better known as ‘The Bro’s Club’ after Br Ben which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Now retired, he continues to volunteer at the Club and to other school communities such as Coláiste Eamann Rís, Deerpark CBS, Greenmount N.S., and St. Joseph’s NS Mardyke.

“Br Ben Cusack has many friends and huge support in the educational and sporting community here in Cork, particularly among past students and parents of Sullivan’s Quay CBS and all those associated with his famous Youth Club,” said awards organiser Manus O’Callaghan.

His name now goes forward, with the other Persons of the Month chosen this year, for possible selection as Cork Person of the Year, at a Gala Awards Lunch to be held at Rochestown Park Hotel at year’s end.

This is the 28th year of this awards scheme and partners are the Irish Examiner/The Echo; RTE; Southern; AM O’Sullivan PR; Lexus Cork; Tony O’Connell Photography; Cork Crystal; CAVS; Cork City Council; Cork County Council; Manus O’Callaghan.