2017 Annual Awards Banquet is Huge Success!
Mayo Association Dublin hosted its Annual Awards Gala Banquet in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel last Friday night, 10 February 2017, attended by over 520 guests. Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh was again our Master of Ceremonies, and she hosted the event with great aplomb, energy and spirit!
Three award presentations took place on the night for the Virginia Gallagher ‘Mayo Person of the Year’, the ‘Meitheal’ award and Mayo Association Dublin’s inaugural ‘Young Mayo Person of the Year’.
The ‘Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year Award’ was scooped up by award-winning artisan butcher Sean Kelly from Newport, whose worldwide famous black pudding was served up to the 520 guests on the night as a delicious starter dish.
This family business has been in operation since 1930 and now employs 22 people with plans to increase this number in the near future. Kelly’s of Newport is currently in negotiations with supermarket chains Dunnes Stores and Tesco.
Should they strike a deal, the future will continue to be bright for Kelly’s black pudding and sausages. Chairman, Paul Sammin, presented Sean Kelly with the ‘Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year’ trophy, who was joined on stage by his wife Cathleen.
Castlebar’s Olympic swimmer, Nicholas Quinn, was presented with the ‘Young Mayo Person of the Year’ award. Nicholas, who is studying Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, is currently training for the World Championships, and also has aspirations to return to the 2020 Olympics.
A beautifully-designed silver medal, designed by Transition Year student, Katie Cosgrave from Swinford, was presented to Nicholas on stage by Eddie Melvin, Vice-President of the Association.
Ballyhaunis GAA Club won the ‘Meithal’ award in recognition of the inclusion programme which it has incorporated into the local community in recent years. The club encourages non-nationals to take part in both hurling and Gaelic football in the area, which has had a hugely positive impact all round.
President of the Association, Dr Mona McGarry outlined the wonderful work undertaken by the Ballyhaunis GAA community and she commended each and every person involved in this initiative.
The Annual Awards Gala Banquet was again a huge success, enjoyed by all while guests danced the night away to the Brose Walsh Band. We’d like to thank the sub-committee for all of their hard work in making the awards night such a success.