Lord Mayor honours leading Dubs for their contributions
THESE legendary Dubliners have been honoured with a prestigious award from the city of their birth.
RTE broadcaster Aine Lawlor, musician Finbar Furey and GAA star Dessie Farrell were among those selected for the Lord Mayor's Award at the Mansion House last night.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke identified these individuals along with songwriter Pete St John and organisations Inner City Helping Homeless and Hands On Peer Education (HOPE) for the accolade.
Radio broadcaster Lawlor was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and charted her journey in a 2013 documentary, Facing Cancer.
"Being a Dubliner and receiving this award means a lot to me," she said.
"It is personal, it means more than you would think. I am blown away, I am chuffed."
Lawlor is "aware all the time" of having gone through treatment, and believes it has given her an increased appreciation of life.
"I am very lucky," she said. "But I know other people who have unfortunately passed, so you are aware how lucky you are."
Finbar Furey described receiving the award as being in "the middle of a flood".
"It won't hit me until the morning," he said. "This means so much to the entire family.
"We travelled around the world, but Dublin always will be my home."
Mr Burke praised Furey for having the ability to bring "life and laughter to many homes in Ireland".
He also recognised former Dublin captain Dessie Farrell for his contribution to the GAA, and honoured Dublin in the Rare Auld Times composer Pete St John.
Guests at the Lord Mayor's Awards enjoyed a bit of a sing-song before sitting down to a meal in the Round Room.
Since 1989, the annual awards ceremony has honoured individuals who have made a special contribution to Dublin. Previous winners include Imelda May, Maeve Binchy and Brian O'Driscoll.