Dublin’s Lord Mayor Honours six organisations and an artist for their Contribution to Irish Society


An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will present an individual and six organisations with a Lord Mayor’s Award at a reception tonight in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

The recipients of the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Awards are the artist Robert Ballagh and the six organisations below -

  • Ana Liffey Drug Project
  • Dublin Fire Brigade
  • GLEN Gay & Lesbian Equality Network
  • Justice for Magdalenes Research on behalf of the Magdalene Women
  • Justice for the Forgotten
  • Na Gaeil Óga
  • Robert Ballagh

Speaking about the Awards An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhalaigh said “One of the great things about being Lord Mayor is the opportunity it presents to confer awards on people who have made a major contribution to this country. I do this, on behalf of the people of Dublin, to say ‘thank you’ for the wonderful work that you have done. Déanaim é ar son mhuintir Bhaile Átha Cliath chun mo bhuíochas a ghabhail as an obair iontach atá déanta agaibh.

This year’s awards go to organisations who work with the marginalised and forgotten; who give a voice to the voiceless and strive for equal rights for all; who put their lives on the line each day in serving others. I’ve also chosen an Irish speaking sports club for the work they do in promoting the language. Roghnaigh mé cumann spóirt de Gaeilgeoirí mar gheall ar an obair atá déanta acu i gcur chun chinn na Gaeilge. And I’ve chosen one of Ireland’s most distinguished artists for his work as an activist and an artist. All are richly deserving of this award. I applaud all of these people for the work they do that makes such a positive difference in the lives of others.”

The Lord Mayor’s Awards began in 1989 and previous winners include Imelda May, Maeve Binchy, Brian O’Driscoll, Jimmy Magee, the Capuchin Day Centre and Commander Chris Hadfield.

Media are invited from 6.30 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. for a photocall at the Mansion House and interview opportunities.

Photos will be circulated by Fennell Photography to picture desks following the event.


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Notes to the Editor:

Robert Ballagh

A native of Dublin, Robert was the first chairman of The Artists' Association of Ireland when it was founded in 1981, and he is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He has been heavily involved in 1916 commemorations and he organised Reclaim the Spirit of Easter for the 75th anniversary in 1991.

Ana Liffey Drug Project

Established in 1982 in Dublin’s North Inner City, the Ana Liffey Drug Project provides a wide range of services to active drug users, their families and the broader community. The project’s core principles of 'Respect, Welcome, Participation and Rights' still apply today.

Dublin Fire Brigade

Since its formation in 1862 Dublin Fire Brigade has provided a Fire, Rescue and Emergency Service for the four Dublin Local Authorities. It is the largest fulltime Brigade in the country with over 1000 personnel across twelve stations, two retained stations, training centre and ancillary support services.


GLEN – Gay and Lesbian Equality Network - is Ireland’s leading LGBT strategic and advocacy organisation which has been central to the delivery of transformative change for LGBT people over the last 28 years.

Justice for Magdalenes Research on behalf of the Magdalene Women

The Justice for Magdalenes Research organisation was established in May 2013. They work on an ongoing basis to promote, seek justice for and represent the interests of the women who were incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries.

Justice for the Forgotten

Justice for the Forgotten was established in 1996 to campaign for truth and justice for the victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974. Over the years their brief has grown and they continue to seek justice and truth for those affected by conflict.

Na Gaeil Óga

Na Gaeil Óga is one of the fastest growing GAA clubs in the country with over 300 members. It was founded in 2011 to provide opportunities for young Irish speakers to use the language in a sporting setting.