Recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Awards 2013:

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Mission Commander Chris Hadfield - On 19th December 2012 Chris launched in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to take part in a long-duration spaceflight aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Expedition 35. During his time aboard the ISS Chris spoke the first words in Irish in space when he tweeted “Tá Éire fiorálainn!”.  He also wished everyone in Ireland a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” much to the delight of his thousands of Irish followers on Twitter. On 12th May 2013 Chris turned over command of the ISS, and safely returned home aboard the Soyuz spacecraft the following day. Kristin Hadfield will collect the Award on behalf of her father.

The Band of An Garda Siochána, currently under the direction of Inspector Pat Kenny, was established in 1922.  Besides providing music for Garda official functions, the Garda Band undertakes an extensive community programme, performing at schools, local festivals, sporting events, ceremonial functions, concerts and recitals. The Garda Band has travelled extensively throughout the country and abroad and performs at all major festivals and community musical events. The Award will be collect by Inspector Pat Kenny on behalf of the Garda Band.

Roy O’Donnell is an Inventor who works with the Drainage Division in Dublin City Council. In 2012 Roy was awarded 2 Staff Idea Awards for suggestions that he had submitted to the City Council Staff Ideas Scheme.  The Gully Cleansing Eye Cap Holder enables drainage staff to clean and maintain old gullies more efficiently and the CCTV Camera Extension enables Drainage staff to survey pipes without having to enter them.  Both ideas have been implemented leading to Dublin City Council being safer and more efficient.  

The Irish National Women’s Rugby Squad achieved a sporting first on 17th March 2013 when they defeated Italy 6-3 in the Six Nations’ Championship in Milan thereby winning the Grand Slam. This was Ireland’s first Grand Slam win in women’s rugby and was followed up with victory in the London Sevens in May. The Award will be collected by Team Captain Fiona Coghlan on behalf of the National Women’s Rugby Squad.

Homeless Street Soccer League - Sean Kavanagh, Manager of Ireland’s Big Issues Magazine, started the Dublin Street Leagues in 2004 having brought a team of homeless men to the Homeless Soccer World Cup in Austria the previous year.  Having witnessed the benefits of participation in sport, he decided that instead of creating a team for a one-off annual tournament, it would be more beneficial for disadvantaged lads to participate in sport all year round. At present there are 13 leagues established all over the country. The Award will be collected by Sean Kavanagh on behalf of Homeless Street Soccer League.

Pauline O’Regan has managed St. Brigid’s Resource Centre in Killester since its opening in 2004 on a voluntary basis. The centre offers a variety of classes including yoga, tai chi, pilates, dance classes, genealogy, creative writing and mindfulness.  People of all ages come to the centre to take part in classes and to help out.

Dublin Digital Champions Six individuals who have made practical contributions to the advancing of the digital agenda for Dublin are receiving Awards:

James Eggers, a nineteen year old student and programmer,receives his Digital Champion Award for his Free Flow App which allows users to detect traffic flows around the city.

Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association (IIA) plays a key role as a facilitator in connecting people, businesses and ideas. She has represented the IIA on the Digital Dublin Forum, Dublin Deep Pool, Activating Dublin and Digital Maturity Model Workshop. 

Dominic Byrne is Head of Information Technology (IT) with Fingal County Council. In 2012 Dominic initiated the ‘Apps4Fingal’ competition to incentivise the creation of apps and services built using Open Data from Fingal. He continues to work on progressing Open Data in Dublin and Ireland, encouraging the public sector to release Open Data and encouraging others to make use of the data.

Dr Johnny Ryan is Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times. In 2012 he conceived The Irish Times Digital Challenge, an eight week experiment which introduced early stage digital startups to business to develop new products and services. This year he has launched Irish Times FUSION, which is intended to transform the way the advertising and branding markets function in Ireland.

H.E. Carlos Eugenio García de Alba Zepeda, Mexican Ambassador to Ireland –Since 2011, Carlos has worked tirelessly in connecting people, countries and his home city of Guadalajara with Dublin as digital cities to promote the huge potential and business opportunities that digital technology provides.

DigiWomen was founded in 2013 by Pauline Sargent, Rita Tobin and Siodhna Mc Gowan. Its purpose is to deliver a vibrant, interactive platform for professional women in the digital industry. Accepting the award on behalf of DigiWomen is Pauline Sargent of SocialZavvy.