Dublin’s Lord Mayor Honours Four Individuals and Two Organisations for Their Contribution to Irish Society

Media Reception 6.30pm Mansion House Dublin

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, will honour four individuals and two organisations at a reception tonight in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

The individual recipients of the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Awards are GAA star Dessie Farrell, singer- songwriter Pete St. John, broadcaster Áine Lawlor and musician and singer Finbar Furey. The two organisations are the addiction service H.O.P.E. Hands on Peer Education and the volunteers of the Inner City Helping Homeless group.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke said “It is an honour for me to recognise Pete, Áine, Dessie, Finbar, H.O.P.E. and Inner City Helping Homeless with an Award tonight.  Their commitment and dedication to their work and their causes have, without doubt, enriched and enhanced the lives of the people of our City.  This Award is my way of thanking the recipients on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Dublin for their remarkable contribution to our society.” 
Since 1989, this annual award ceremony has honoured individuals and groups who have made a special contribution to Dublin. It is an opportunity for the Lord Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Dublin, to express gratitude to people and organisations that make a difference to the life of the City.

Previous winners of the Lord Mayor’s Award include Imelda May, Maeve Binchy, Brian O’Driscoll, Jimmy Magee, the Capuchin Day Centre and Commander Chris Hadfield. 


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Notes to the Editor:

The recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Awards 2015 are:

Áine Lawlor
Dublin born Áine studied Law at Trinity College, graduating in 1984. She has worked on many of RTÉ’s flagship radio and television current affairs programmes and is best known for presenting Morning Ireland for many years.  She currently presents The News at One on radio and The Week in Politics on television.
Áine won huge admiration for her brave battle against breast cancer and has been an inspiration to others whose lives have been affected by the disease.
Dessie Farrell
Dessie is a former captain and All-Ireland winner with Dublin and he has also managed the Dublin minor and Under 21 football teams to All-Ireland glory.   An All Star recipient, Dessie has also represented Leinster and Ireland in hockey.
Having previously worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, Dessie was a founding member of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and has served as their CEO since 2002.
Finbar Furey
Finbar Furey was born in Dublin. From an early age, he excelled at music, particularly on the Uilleann Pipes. Together with his brothers and their friend Davey Arthur, he achieved worldwide fame with songs such as ‘Sweet 16’ 'The Green Fields of France', The Lonesome Boatman' and ‘The Red Rose Café’. 

He embarked on an acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in the Martin Scorsese film ‘Gangs of New York’ and RTÉ’s ‘Love/Hate’.

Pete St. John
Dublin born Pete St. John is one of Ireland’s best known singer-songwriters. His songs such as ‘Dublin in the Rare Ould Times’ and ‘The Ferryman’ have been covered by artists such as The Dubliners, Luke Kelly and The Dublin City Ramblers amongst others. Probably his best known song ‘The Fields of Athenry’ has become an anthem for millions of rugby and football fans.

H.O.P.E. Hands on Peer Education
H.O.P.E. Hands on Peer Education began informally in the late 1990s to offer services to people battling addiction issues in Dublin’s North Inner City.  Throughout the intervening years almost 7,000 people have availed of its services either for addiction issues or education and training.  H.O.P.E. believes that in order to stay free from addiction, an individual needs to see an improvement in their lifestyle and to learn to cope with all issues in their lives.
Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH)

Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) is a charity based in Dublin city centre.  ICHH was formed in November 2013 by a group of volunteers who decided to assist in the response to people who are rough sleeping in the city. These volunteers included friends, business people, local activists and community leaders who were united by the common goal of relieving homelessness in Dublin. The ethos of ICHH is that “Every person has the right to call somewhere home and no person or family should have to sleep rough”.