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Drogheda’s finest honoured at annual Mayoral Award ceremony

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All the awardees at the Drogheda Mayoral Awards 2020, pictured with councillors and members of the Drogheda Fire Service. Photo Credit: Kathy Gailroy-Barry.

Community members, volunteers, sport stars and others who have made an outstanding contribution to life in Drogheda were recognised this evening at the Drogheda Mayoral Awards.

Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell conferred 12 awards in total at the event held at the Highlanes Gallery in the town tonight (Thursday, March 5). Among those awarded for their contribution to Drogheda life were volunteer and Alzheimer support advocate Patrick Rice, Father David Bradley of Holy Family Parish, tennis star Rachel Eagleton, Drogheda United club stalwart Liam Reay, musical leader Geraldine Doggett and journalist Hubert Murphy.

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St Nicholas GFC, represented by chairman Dessie McDonald, and Holy Family Boxing Club were also honoured on the evening, as were Drogheda Boys Choir who closed out the ceremony with a very special performance. All awardees were proposed by councillors, to the Mayor, for their awards.

The event was attended by Drogheda Borough Councillors – Mayor Bell, Kevin Callan, Declan Power, Eileen Tully, Paddy McQuillan, James Byrne, Joanna Byrne, Tom Cunningham, Michelle Hall and Pio Smith – and Joan Martin, Chief Executive of Louth County Council as well as Imelda Munster TD and family and friends of those being awarded on the night. Members of the Drogheda Fire Service also participated in the ceremony.

The full list of awardees is:

  • St Nicholas GFC
  • John H Kierans
  • Geraldine Doggett
  • Hubert Murphy
  • Liam Reay
  • Rachel Eagleton
  • Seamus Domegan
  • Holy Family Boxing Club
  • Father David Bradley
  • Patrick Rice
  • Maria van Strein Murphy
  • Drogheda Boys Choir

Speaking at the event on Thursday evening, Mayor Bell paid tribute to the “very special organisations and individual citizens in our community.”

Speaking at the event on Thursday evening, Mayor Bell paid tribute to the “very special organisations and individual citizens in our community.”

“The Mayoral Award is revered and prestigious and with its awarding comes responsibilities, your continued commitment to a role-model for citizens,” he said. “As Mayor, I see many citizens in their daily lives and the majority of you who are receiving awards this evening are in some way anonymous. I am sure you may never be aware of how much your fellow citizens admire you, rely upon you, value you and love you.

“You are now privileged to be among a very select group of worthy citizens who have been here before you,” he added. “This award is strictly reserved for those citizens and voluntary organisations who make Drogheda a proud place to live, who make personal sacrifices and commit themselves to supporting fellow citizens.”

Joan Martin, the local authority’s Chief Executive, said she was delighted that the event could be held in the Highlanes Gallery, making reference to the beauty of not just the building but the art housed and displayed within it. She offered her congratulations to all winners.

You can view each citation for the Drogheda Mayoral Awardees 2020 in full below.

ST NICHOLAS GFC

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JOHN H KIERANS

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GERALDINE DOGGETT

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HUBERT MURPHY

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LIAM REAY

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RACHEL EAGLETON

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SEAMUS DOMEGAN

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HOLY FAMILY BOXING CLUB

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FATHER DAVID BRADLEY

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PATRICK RICE

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MARIA VAN STREIN MURPHY

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DROGHEDA BOYS CHOIR

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Keep an eye out on LouthNow.ie on Friday for a full picture story from the ceremony.

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