Lord Mayor’s Awards 2017 recipients honoured for their contribution to Irish Society

The annual Lord Mayor’s Awards  ceremony (#lmawards2017) takes place tonight in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dawson Street where four Awards will be presented to individuals and groups to mark their contribution to Dublin Society. The presentations are made by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr.

The recipients of the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Awards are:

           Ellen Keane
          Joe Duffy
          Dublin GAA County Board
          The Workers of Dublin

Speaking about the Awards the Lord Mayor said “The Lord Mayor’s Awards are all about saying ‘thank you’ not only on my own behalf but on behalf of all the people of Dublin, to citizens who, through their ordinary everyday lives, enrich this city in an extraordinary way. It is one of the highlights of my year as Lord Mayor to present these Awards and I’ve chosen to Award two exceptional individuals who contribute to the proud reputation of Dublin city. I’ve highlighted and acknowledged the role played by working people who have made this great city what it is today and I’ve honoured those who contribute to the great sporting traditions in Dublin through their generosity and tireless efforts.”

The Lord Mayor’s Awards began in 1989 and previous winners include Imelda May, Maeve Binchy, Brian O’Driscoll, Jimmy Magee 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.

Photographs from the event will be circulated to picture desks on the night by Conor McCabe Photography.

ENDS

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Notes to the Editor:

Ellen Keane was just 13 years of age when she swam in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games placing sixth in the 100m breaststroke. Ellen has gone on to represent Ireland successfully at many International events, most notably the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 where she won a Bronze Medal in the SB8 100m Breaststroke.

Joe Duffy has had a long and varied career in RTE both as a reporter, producer, and presenter. He is perhaps best known for presenting one of Ireland’s leading radio shows ‘Liveline’ on RTÉ Radio 1 where he gives people the opportunity to have their voice heard to speak up against issues of concern.  Almost 400,000 listeners tune in daily to ‘Talk to Joe’.

Dublin GAA’s volunteers are being honoured by this Award. Throughout the county, thousands of volunteers, players and club administrators work tirelessly promoting  Gaelic Games from grassroots level right up to county teams. From coaching teams, to taking on administration roles, to washing team jerseys and lining the playing pitches, without these volunteers, Dublin GAA could not function.

The role of the Workers of Dublin is being acknowledged and applauded by this Award. Through the good times and the bad the working people of Dublin have persevered in building their city into a great European capital. By their work, humour and resolute struggle, Dublin has been defined from its foundation to the present, making it the uniquely welcoming city that is renowned throughout the world.

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