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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News |

Lady Chair Appointed At AGM

Lady Chair Appointed At AGM

The newly-elected chairperson of Mayo Association Dublin – Julie Doyle – becomes the fifth female to chair our Association since its foundation in 1905, and we have certainly come a long way since what was once known as the Mayo Men’s Association!  

Mayo Association Dublin marked a new beginning at the 2017 AGM on 24 April with the election of Chairperson Julie Doyle in Dublin’s Sandymount Hotel as she becomes our fifth female chair since the Association’s foundation in 1905.

Joining our new chairperson at the top table is Grace Heneghan, who takes over Julie’s role as Hon. Secretary, alongside Bernardine Walsh-Cummins (PRO), Michael Kealy (Treasurer), Mona McGarry (President), Eddie Melvin (Vice President) and Frank Fleming (Hon. Life President) who were reappointed to their offices for a second year term of office.

Eddie Melvin, Dr. Mona McGarry, Julie Doyle, Grace Heneghan, Bernardine Walsh and Michael Kealy

Eddie Melvin, Dr. Mona McGarry, Julie Doyle, Grace Heneghan, Bernardine Walsh-Cummins and Michael Kealy

Chairperson, Julie Doyle, commented on the night saying she hopes to involve the Association in more charitable work throughout her tenure and she will also strive to take Mayo Association Dublin into the 21st century by becoming “more relevant and linked in to the business community in Dublin”. She expressed gratitude and excitement on the night as she looks forward to steering the Mayo ship into bright waters!

A new executive committee was elected and the Association was delighted to welcome newcomers Orla Fitzpatrick, Derek Reilly and Keith Guthrie to its fold.

The newly-elected committee for 2017-2018: Helena Kelly, Paddy Moran, Maeve McLoughlin, Diarmuid McLoughlin, Fr Gerry  French,  David Rafter, Eddie Melvin, Teresa Ruddy, Rosanna Loftus, Derek Reilly, Orla Fitzpatrick and Keith Guthrie, pictured below with newly-elected officers.

BR: Orla Fitzpatrick, Eddie Melvin, Diarmaid McLoughlin, Derek Reilly, Keith Guthrie, Rosanna Loftus, Paddy Moran, Maeve McLoughlin, David Rafter and Bernardine Walsh. FR: Teresa Ruddy, Grace Heneghan, Dr. Mona McGarry, Julie Doyle, Michael Kealy, Helena Kelly and Fr. Gerry French

Standing (l-r): Orla Fitzpatrick, Eddie Melvin, Diarmaid McLoughlin, Derek Reilly, Keith Guthrie, Rosanna Loftus, Paddy Moran, Maeve McLoughlin, David Rafter and Bernardine Walsh (PRO);  Seated (l-r): Teresa Ruddy, Grace Heneghan (Hon. Secretary), Dr Mona McGarry (President); Julie Doyle (Chairperson); Michael Kealy (Treasurer);  Helena Kelly and Fr Gerry French.

Julie Doyle is congratulated by outgoing chairman Paul Sammin

Julie Doyle is congratulated by outgoing chairman Paul Sammin.

The Association thanked outgoing chair Paul Sammin for his hard work and dedication over the past two years and wished him well with all future endeavours, as he and his family relocate to his home town of Louisburgh. It was noted that Julie Doyle’s experience in the past two years as Honorary Secretary will stand to her as she moves into the Chairperson’s seat.

The Association wished the newly elected executive committee and executive officers the best of luck in their work for the upcoming year and confirmed that it is confident the hard work and commitment that everyone will bring to organising key social events throughout the year will ensure the Association remains vibrant and strong in the country’s capital.

Mayo Association Dublin, which remains the largest and best supported association both nationally and internationally, is open to people of Mayo origin or of Mayo parentage living or working in Dublin. New members are always welcome.

Members and supporters of the Association can keep abreast of our annual events such as the Business Lunch, the Annual Awards Gala Banquet, our Summer BBQ and Christmas Party via Facebook, Twitter or by visiting www.mayoassociationdublin.com.  There will also be updates in Mayo’s papers as well as on social media.