Lord Mayor’s Awards 2014

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The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, will host the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Awards in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, on Tuesday, 4th February, 2014, at 6.15pm.

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.

Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn said “This year I have chosen to give Lord Mayor’s Awards to three individuals and three groups in the areas of technology, arts, sport, youth, community and social justice.  One of the Awards tonight is a new Award, The Frederick Douglas Award, to acknowledge the contribution of someone who has come to live in Dublin and has made a significant impact on the city. Dil Wickremasinghe is the recipient of the inaugural Frederick Douglas Award.  All the recipients, both individuals and organisations, have made special contributions to the city of Dublin and I’m honoured to be able to recognise them here tonight”.

The Lord Mayor’s Award 2014 recipients are Paddy Cosgrave, Ranelagh Arts Festival, Jim Gavin, One Young World Bid Committee, St. Andrew’s Resource Centre and Dil Wickremasinghe.


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Notes to the Editor:

The recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Awards 2014 are:

Paddy Cosgrave
Paddy is the co-creator and organiser of the Dublin Web Summit, Europe’s largest technology event.  Also the co-founder of f.ounders, he is widely respected in the global technology sector as is evidenced by his appointment by the United Nations as  an e-leader for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Youth and his appearance at No. 23 on Wired Magazine’s list of 100 most important people in tech.

Ranelagh Arts Festival
Showcasing the arts to an ever-growing audience since September 2005, the festival is the result of the aspirations and hard work of the organising committee, the local community and the support of businesses in Ranelagh.  It has reinvigorated the village and community atmosphere traditionally associated with Ranelagh.

Jim Gavin
Jim has gone from an All-Ireland winner as a player with the 1995 Dublin Senior Football Team to successfully guiding the Dublin Under 21 footballers to three All-Ireland Championships and in 2013 the Dublin Senior Footballers to both National Football League and All-Ireland Championship success.

One Young World Bid Committee
One Young World Bid Committee succeeded in attracting the Youth Summit to Dublin in October 2014. Young people from all over the world will come to Dublin to engage with world leaders and debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for pressing issues facing the world today.  The Bid theme of ‘1,000 Welcomes’ highlighted Dublin’s youth, creativity and innovation and beat off the bids of Edinburgh and Hong Kong to host this prestigious event.

St. Andrew’s Resource Centre
The staff and volunteers of St. Andrew’s Resource Centre have served the community of Dublin’s South Inner City for 40 years with a broad range of programmes to cater for all.  In 2013 the Sewing Crew of the Centre came to the aid of artist Miriam McConnon and assisted in repairing the Touring Tama exhibition in Merrion Square following vandalism incurred prior to opening.

The Frederick Douglas Award

Dil Wickremasinghe
Dil is the first recipient of the Frederick Douglas Award to people who have come to Ireland and made a significant contribution to the life of Dublin City and its people.  Originally from Sri Lanka, Dil is best known for her radio show “Global Village” on Newstalk 106-108 but has also campaigned for gay and migrant rights, been involved in raising money for the survivors of the South Asian Tsunami and has tackled the stigma around mental health through her theatre work and ‘Insight Matters’ – the mental health support service she co-founded

Frederick Douglas
The Frederick Douglas Award acknowledges the contribution of someone who has come to live in Dublin and Ireland and has made a positive and significant contribution to the life of the City.
The Frederick Douglas Award is named after the famous American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman in the 1800’s who escaped a life of slavery to become a leader of the abolitionist movement and held public office in America.  In 1845 Frederick Douglas travelled to Ireland and became friends with former Lord Mayor of Dublin Daniel O’Connell acknowledging O’Connell’s influence on his philosophy and worldview for the rest of his life.