The Glanworth 1971 Cork junior football championship winning side, including John Courtney. Back: Pat Barry, Dave Ahern, John Fahy, Ted Linehan, Jimmy O'Brien, Kieran Casey, Bill McAuliffe, Seánie O'Brien and Neilus O'Neill (chairman). Front: John Courtney, Donal Ahern, Peter McCarthy, Paul Cotter, Aidan Fahy, Dan Joe Ryan, Jas Cummins and George Quinlan.

As we begin a new year with hope and expectation, the monthly awards ceremony is continuing in Glanworth with the adjudicating panel coming up trumps again with more worthy and accomplished recipients.

The talented and dedicated women and men of Glanworth Choir will receive the monthly award.

Accomplished Glanworth native, now Kildare domiciled Gaelic footballer and Irish Army officer John Courtney is to receive the past award. 

The Glanworth Choir greatly enhance many local services and were at their impressive best over the festive season.

Thanks to each and every one for the time and effort put in to bringing joy to all that have the pleasure of hearing them perform. Long may it continue. 

A talented and committed footballer, John played with distinction with his native Glanworth in his young days, representing the club on the 1969 Cork minor football All-Ireland winning side that captured the county's third-in-a-row title.

In that era Glanworth was also represented on the minor winning sides by John Fahy, the Ahern brothers – Donal and David – and Jerry Coleman.

That 1968 team also included Fermoy duo, Danno Moloney and Patsy Lonergan. John Courtney, a member of the 1971 and 1976 Glanworth county junior and intermediate winning teams respectively, was also a member of the Cork senior football panel back then before his career in the army saw him move to Kildare and begin a new and most successful chapter in his army career and sporting endeavours that make him a most worthy recipient of this award.

These included managing Éire Óg to win a Leinster senior club football championship and Sarsfields to win three Kildare senior football championship titles. He is now part of the backroom team of the all-conquering Dublin senior football team.

The presentations, sponsored by Jim Roche, Formium Consulting, Fermoy, will be held in The Local Bar, Glanworth on Friday week next, January 11, with proceedings getting under way at 9.30pm.

Music will be provided on the night as another group of locals are honoured for their community and sporting prowess and their contribution to their cherished Glanworth over many years.

All are welcome to attend on the night.