Lord Mayor's Awards 2018

Lord Mayor’s Awards 2018 recipients honoured for their contribution to Irish Society

 An tArdmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha will present three individuals, one couple and two organisations with a Lord Mayor’s Award at a reception tonight in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  Media are invited from 6.30p.m. to 7p.m. for a photocall at the Mansion House and interview opportunities.

The recipients of the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Awards are:

  • Liz Gillis
  • Mark Fitzpatrick and Wendy Griffin
  • Conradh na Gaelige
  • Damien Dempsey*
  • The Bohemian Foundation
  • Philly McMahon*

Speaking about the Awards Ardmhéara Mac Donncha said “As I complete my year in office as Ardmhéara, I am presenting awards to individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the life of our city and our country.  They have helped make Dublin a better place through their tireless efforts in the fields of culture, community activism, the Irish language, sport and work for social justice. On behalf of the people of Dublin, I extend a heartfelt thank you to them all for enhancing the city of Dublin and our society.”
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. 

*Due to previous commitments, Damien Dempsey and Philly McMahon will not be attending the Award Ceremony.

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Notes to the Editor

Liz Gillis has worked as a researcher on numerous publications, television and radio documentaries. She has set up her own tour guiding company ‘Revolution in Dublin Walking Tours’.  She regularly gives talks focusing the Irish Revolution and is co-organiser of the annual conference on the Burning of the Custom House in 1921.

Following the birth of their second child, who is severely physically and mentally disabled, Mark Fitzpatrick and Wendy Griffin became involved in the ‘Our Children’s Health’ campaign. The campaign successfully secured full medical card entitlement for all children in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance. They are now in talks with Government officials in an attempt to secure automatic carers payments, stamps and pension for those providing full time care to an incapacitated person.

Conradh na Gaeilge was founded in 1893 to ensure the survival of the Irish language as a spoken language in Ireland. The efforts of Conradh na Gaeilge ensure that the Irish language continues to play a prominent role in public life and that our native culture is recognised and promoted. Members of Conradh na Gaeilge are active across the globe teaching Irish, defending the rights of Irish-speaking communities, and making every effort to encourage and facilitate the speaking of Irish.

Damien Dempsey is an award-winning artist, having won several prestigious Irish Meteor Awards including Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His albums have topped the charts and gone Platinum.  Damien has supported and played at: Occupy Dame Street, Occupy Moore Street and Home Sweet Home. He has also been involved in the Water Protests, the Capuchin Day Centre, the Homeless Coalition March, Youthreach in Coolock, Ballymun, Finglas and Rialto, and he is currently a patron of the Coolmine drug rehabilitation lodge.

The Bohemian Foundation was formally set up in 2016 to explore ways in which they could assist local communities. The services they are involved with cover a variety of programmes across the community such as, advising school children on the importance of good nutrition, working with ex prisoners to offer an alternative lifestyle and operating walking football sessions for children and adults with autism or mild mental health issues. They also work closely with the M.O.S.T Garda Youth Diversion Project and Focus Ireland.


Philly McMahon is best known for his Gaelic football career having won 5 All Ireland Senior Football Championship medals and 9 Leinster Senior Football Championship medals to name a few.  He is also the founder of Half Time Talk, a charitable movement set up by Philly in memory of his late brother John. The aim of Half Time Talk is to educate, train and empower young, unemployed adults in order to combat drug addiction.