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Wednesday 7 December 2016

RTE broadcaster Aine Lawlor along with musician Finbar Furey, legendary Dublin footballer Dessie Farrell, songwriter Pete St. John and organisations Inner City Helping Homeless and H.O.P.E. all received the prestigious accolades.

RTE broadcaster Aine Lawlor along with musician Finbar Furey, legendary Dublin footballer Dessie Farrell, songwriter Pete St. John and organisations Inner City Helping Homeless and H.O.P.E. all received the prestigious accolades.

Radio host Lawlor was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and charted her journey in in 2013 documentary Facing Cancer.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke commended the courage and strength Lawlor displayed during her illness and the support she has given to various cancer research groups.

"Being a Dubliner and receiving this award means a lot to me," Lawlor 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 for life.

"I am very lucky," she said. "But I know other people who have unfortunately passed so you are aware how lucky you are. In a way that makes you appreciate every second."

Finbar Furey described receiving the award as being in "the middle of a flood".

"It won't hit me till the morning," he said. "This means so much to the entire family. We travelled around the world but Dublin always has been and always will be my home."

Lord Christy Burke praised Furey for having the ability to bring"life and laughter to many homes in Ireland".

He also praised the outstanding work of the volunteers of Inner City Helping Homeless and H.O.P.E.

Before guests at the Lord Mayor Awards enjoyed a meal in the Mansion House, the recipients enjoyed a sing song.

"I knew this was going to be a hooley," Lawlor said.

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