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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Meet the real Dub stars - nine are honoured for contributions to city

Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ni Dhalaigh, Cllr Mary Freehill and Good Citizen Awards winner Esther McGrath Photo by Kevin Mcfeely
Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ni Dhalaigh, Cllr Mary Freehill and Good Citizen Awards winner Esther McGrath Photo by Kevin Mcfeely

Nine Dubliners have been rewarded by the Lord Mayor for contributions to their communities in the capital.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh (SF) presented eight Good Citizen Awards and a Lifetime Volunteer Award at a reception in the Mansion House. Former Boyzone singer Keith Duffy was the MC.

Over 300 nominations were received from the public and nine winners were then chosen by an independent adjudication panel.

The Lord Mayor said the awards were to acknowledge the "hidden heroes" of the capital and reward them for their contributions.

"I am delighted to present these awards, which acknowledge and celebrate Dublin's hidden heroes and the extraordinary work that they do in the communities where they live," Ms Ni Dhalaigh said.

Councillor Mary Freehill, who came up with the idea of the awards, said every day she saw "the impact the goodness of volunteers has on our communities which adds so much to the social capital of our city. This is my way of saying thank you to these volunteers".

The winner included Esther McGrath, who received the Age Friendly Award for her work with the Beech Hill Community Group in Donnybrook.

Happy

Ms McGrath said she enjoyed working with elderly people in her locality, adding she was "honoured to be nominated but happy just doing the work as a volunteer. I get great pleasure out of it".

The winner of the Lifetime Volunteer Award was Gerry Fay, who has been the chairman of the North Wall Community Association for over 30 years.

During that time he has been a strong advocate for the community of the North Wall and Sheriff Street area, in relation to a number of issues including housing, jobs, education and the redevelopment of the area.

Commenting on his award, Gerry said he was surprised to receive the nomination.

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