An 84 year-old Lisvernane born nun has been honoured by the Lord Mayor of Cork for her tireless community work for a Cork city parish.
Sr Joachim O’Sullivan was awarded for her work for the South Parish Community Association at the 10th annual Lord Mayor’s Civic, Community and Voluntary Awards.
The Presentation Order sister, who has been the described as the heart beat of the South Parish, was joined by members of her family at the awards ceremony in City Hall.
Sr Joachim has been heavily involved for many years in running the South Parish Community Centre on Cork’s Sawmill Street, which is home to a wide range of community and voluntary groups.
The modest nun confessed she was embarrassed when she first heard she had won the award.
“I didn’t know where to put my head but as time went on I did feel a bit proud. I felt proud for my community and the people I work with. I didn’t feel I was taking the award soley for myself,” she told The Nationalist.
Sr Joachim, who was formerly Margaret O’Sullivan, grew up in Lisvernane and left the village in 1946 at the age of 18 to join the South Presentation Convent in Cork. She still has relatives and friends in the Glen of Aherlow village.