The lifelong contribution to the Irish co-operative movement by Mayo native Brendan O’Mahony has been recognised nationally with the co-operative industry’s highest national honour - The Plunkett Award for Co-operative Endeavour.  

Brendan, from Cross, was the former Chair and is the current director for over two decades in the National Federation of Group Water Schemes.

Presenting the Plunkett Award, ICOS President Jerry Long said, “he has made a truly outstanding contribution, on a local and a national level, working selflessly to improve the lives of everyday people through the establishment, growth and development of Group Water Schemes and a lifelong commitment to rural communities and co-operative enterprise.”

Brendan has been an active member of the IFA for many years and has served in five different executive positions since 1993.

The Plunkett Award is the premier honorary award made by ICOS annually.  Chosen from a shortlist of distinguished nominees, it is presented to just one individual each year who is regarded as having made an outstanding lifelong contribution to the co-operative movement in Ireland.


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