There was a great response from the public to Longford Tesco’s recent search for the Community Champion of the Year.
Nominations came in for groups and individuals right across the county but it seems that the eventual winner, the Longford community policing team, were overwhelmingly popular.
A small team, the Guards are very active within the local community and work extremely well with various groups as they plan their events and functions. Garda Ken Duggan and Sergeant Ursula Hussey from Longford Gardai were there to represent the team at the announcement in a busy Longford Tesco recently.
Sgt Hussey said she was shocked but delighted to accept the award on behalf of her colleagues. However it was to be one of her final functions in Longford as she told the gathering that she was starting in a similar role in Roscommon the following day.
She said she had greatly enjoyed her time in Longford and interacting with many people and groups, who are so committed to improving the town and county.
Tesco Community Officer, Paul Connell paid tribute to the Gardai and said that Sgt Hussey will be greatly missed. He said there had been a huge number of nominations for the awards this year and he looked forward to possibly expanding the format for 2015.
The award was presented to the Gardai by Longford GAA star, Paul Barden and the event was attended by representatives of Longford Council and several local businesses.
The Tesco community initative have proven to be extremely successful in Longford with many local sporting groups and charities benefitting.
Groups looking to work with Tesco can contact Paul Connell at the store in Longford.