Friday 21 October 2016

True blue GAA fan Rhona is crowned the Best Dub


Rhona Gallagher
Rhona Gallagher

THE Best of Dublin Award ceremony rocked the Royal Hospital Kilmainham last night as people gathered to celebrate the best that the capital has to offer.

Dubbed the 'Oscars of Dublin', the 98FM awards sought to find the cream of the crop across a range of categories.

Rhona Gallagher, from Rathfarnham, was thrilled to walk away with the title of Best Dub.

The hospital worker is a true blue Dub to the core and even has a Dublin tattoo on her wrist to prove it.

"I was raised on songs and stories and my dad brought me to my first game in Croker when I was 10," she said.

"Now I'm 41 and I've been following them ever since."

"I'm very passionate about my county. I cry, laugh and sing at Dublin matches," she revealed.

"I've missed funerals and weddings for Dublin (team). I just love it, it's my passion.

Meanwhile, taxi driver Paul Cullen picked up the prize for best cabbie in the city.

"I love being a taximan - I know you don't hear a lot of us saying that," he said laughing.

"It's an honour at the end of the day," he said of his involvement in the 98FM awards.

The list of winners covered a range of categories to highlight the city's best businesses and hidden gems.

It was a star-studded event as some well known faces turned out to celebrate with the winners. Self confessed foodie and model Rosanna Davison was on hand to present Brasserie Sixty6, on South Great George's Street, the award for Best Restaurant.

"I think it's great to be able to recognise those who keep the city ticking over," she said.

Meanwhile Louis Walsh's new boyband Hometown took time to present the award for Best Venue.

The Tallaght Theatre returned for a second year to claim their place as the Best Venue.

Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan awarded the Best Gym prize to BK Fitness and also to the Best Local Sports Club Darndale Boxing Club.

"I actually had my first fight in Darndale when I was 11 so that's bringing back memories, .... and even better I won, " the champ revealed.

"I won, so it's a fond memory.

"It is great to be giving an award to normal people doing great things," he added.

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