The Dublin City Good Citizen Awards

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Lord Mayor Presents Good Citizen Awards 2016

The inaugural Dublin City Good Citizen Awards ceremony took place in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 17th May 2016.

The Awards were hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ard Mhéara Críona ní Dhaláigh and by singer, songwriter, actor, TV and radio presenter Keith Duffy.

Left to right: Liz O’Connor, Esther McGrath, Sandra Dillon, Jimmy Bolger, JP Swaine, Ard Mhéara Críona ní Dhálaigh, Gerry Fay, Pat Hooper, Marius Marosan, Eileen Adams, Cllr Mary Freehill

49 nominees were shortlisted from approximately 300 nominations received from communities across the city, and the winners in nine categories were announced at the ceremony in the Round Room at the Mansion House by the Lord Mayor and Keith Duffy on Tuesday 17th May 2016.

Good Citizen Award Winners 2016

  • Age Friendly Category – Ms Esther McGrath, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
  • Arts & Culture Category – Mr Jimmy Bolger, Crumlin, Dublin 12
  • Children & Youth Category – Ms Liz O’ Connor, Dublin 8
  • Community & Neighbourhood Category – Ms Eileen Adams, Ballymun, Dublin 11
  • Disability Category – Ms Sandra Dillon, Finglas, Dublin 11
  • New Communities Category – Mr Marius Marosan, Usher’s Island, Dublin 8
  • Social Inclusion Category – Mr JP Swaine , First Fortnight Mental Health Charity
  • Sports & Recreation Category – Mr Pat Hooper ,Raheny Shamrocks Athletics Club
  • Lifetime Volunteer Category – Mr Gerry Fay, Northwall, Dublin 1

The Good Citizen Awards pin

Irish Jewellery designer Seamus Gill designed the Good Citizen Award Award pins. 8 of the awards were commissioned in Silver and a special Lifetime Volunteer Award Pin was commissioned in gold.

Winners of the 2016 Good Citizen Awards:

Esther McGrath - Winner of the Age Friendly Category. Esther is from Donnybrook and she volunteers with the Beech Hill Community Group. She enjoys working with elderly people in her locality and says she is “honoured to be nominated but happy just doing the work as a volunteer. I get great pleasure out of it.”

Jimmy Bolger - Winner of the Arts and Culture Category. Jimmy lives with his family in Crumlin and volunteers with the Crumlin Youth Band. Their work involves engaging young people in the area to get involved with music, through the brass band which has been in existence since 1990. Speaking about the work he does he says “we take kids off the corner and teach them how to read music and play instruments. In years to come the music will stand to them.”

Elizabeth O’Connor - Winner of the Children & Youth Category. Elizabeth works in the Liberties and runs a breakfast club and an after school club there for local children. She also runs a summer camp and has been doing this work for over 20 years. “There’s a great sense of community here in the Liberties and I just love working with the kids, I suppose you could say it’s my calling.”

Eileen Adams - Winner of the Community & Neighbourhood Category. Eileen has lived in Ballymun for over 40 years and does a lot of voluntary work in the community. She’s on the board of the Poppintree Youth Centre where they work on prevention, keeping the kids from getting into trouble in as far as possible. She also volunteers with Work4U, for people with disabilities and Age Action. “I’m kind of a busy bee, part of a team and I just love helping people. The results we get can be amazing” says Eileen.

Sandra Dillon - Winner of the Disability Category. Sandra is from Glasnevin and she volunteers as a See Change Ambassador in the area of mental health with the Suicide Support and Prevention Network.  She works with children with special needs and is involved with a local horse-riding stable management therapy project and allotments. “I never knew I was missing out until I started to volunteer. It brought back the laughter, it empowered me, and gave me a lot of confidence” says Sandra.

Marius Marosan - Winner of the New Communities Category. Marius is originally from Romania and he works as a volunteer within the Romanian community living in Ireland. He helps through translation, information, form filling and assisting people in whatever way they need. Marius remarked “When I came to Ireland you couldn’t find anyone to help you for free, you always had to pay. It’s nice for people when they come to a foreign country to know that you can ask a question and get an answer without it having to cost you anything.”

J.P. Swaine - Winner of the Social Inclusion Category. J. P. is the co-founder and director of the First Fortnight Mental Health Charity. He is a mental health professional, with a background in arts, and his work with the Charity is voluntary. The Charity organise an annual Arts Festival and an art psychotherapy service. Speaking about his nomination for the Award he said “I’m naturally inclined to downplay these things, but in a year when we’re commemorating 1916 and thinking a lot about citizenship, it means something to be nominated for this award. There’s a lot to be said for civic responsibility and if that means I’m the guy who puts all his spare time into something like this, then that’s something to be proud of."

Pat Hooper - Winner of the Sports & Recreation Category. Pat is a former Olympic athlete and Irish marathon champion. He represented Ireland in the 1980 Moscow Olympics and he has been involved in Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club his whole life. Pat is also the founder and race director of the Axa Raheny 5 Mile Road Race, which is the biggest sporting event held in the Raheny area. “I was thrilled to get the nomination. It’s nice to get a bit of recognition. If I win, in the football parlance, I’ll be over the moon.”

Gerry Fay - Winner of the Lifetime Volunteer Category. Gerry has been the chairman of the North Wall Community Association for over 30 years. During that time he has been a strong advocate for the local community for the North Wall / Sheriff Street area in relation to a number of issues including housing, jobs, education and the redevelopment of the North Wall community. “I have no idea why I’ve been nominated for this award to be honest; I was hoping you could tell me.”

The Good Citizen Awards

The Dublin City Good Citizen Awards aim to celebrate the contribution to life in the city made by the work of thousands of ordinary people working in our communities to make Dublin a great place to live.

It is often the small acts of our friends and neighbours who create the bonds and support networks which knit communities together. They inspire others to do the same and help to create a city guided by values that are not always recognised.

The Dublin City Good Citizen Awards recognise that an enormous amount of everyday acts of good citizenship are made by people who are not members of specialist voluntary organisations. 

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