Lo­cal groups hon­oured by Town Coun­cil

Bray People - - Greystones Town Council Awards -

FOUR LO­CAL or­gan­i­sa­tions and a re­tir­ing fire­man were hon­oured by Grey­stones Town Coun­cil last Tues­day.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions, Su­gar­loaf Lions Club, Grey­stones Meals on Wheels, Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port and Grey­stones Toast­mas­ters are all cel­e­brat­ing mile­stones this year and the town coun­cil felt it was only right to mark their in­cep­tion in Grey­stones.

Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion Cllr. Ge­orge Jones said the coun­cil didn’t have much of a bud­get for civic re­cep­tions but said the cer­tifi­cates were ‘a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion’.

He pre­sented the cer­tifi­cate to pres­i­dent of the Toast­mas­ters, John Kelly, say­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion were cel­e­brat­ing 15 years in Grey­stones this year and had made a great con­tri­bu­tion to Grey­stones.

Su­san O’Shea ac­cepted the cer­tifi­cate on be­half of the Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port Group and Cllr. Jones com­mended the or­gan­i­sa­tion of their ster­ling work with peo­ple af­fected by can­cer. ‘We are cel­e­brat­ing the ded­i­ca­tion of th­ese vol­un­teers in bring­ing huge as­sis­tance to peo­ple who find them­selves bat­tling can­cer.’ The group are cel­e­brat­ing 15 years in ex­is­tence.

Be­fore pre­sent­ing the cer­tifi­cate to Geral­dine Mooney of Grey­stones Meals on Wheels Cllr. Jones re­mem­bered the times when the meals were pre­pared in St. Pa­tricks Hall. ‘Peo­ple thought only wealthy peo­ple lived in Grey­stones and we didn’t need Meals on Wheels but that has changed over the years and now they are pro­vid­ing 40 meals twice a week. They are one of the groups that work very silently and never go out and look for pub­lic­ity and the peo­ple in­volved are not do­ing it for self grat­i­fi­ca­tion.’ Grey­stones Meal on Wheels have been help­ing peo­ple in the vil­lage for the past 40 years.

Tom O’Sul­li­van ac­cepted the award on be­half of the Su­gar­loaf Lions Club who have been in Grey­stones for 40 years. Cllr. Jones said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was very suc­cess­ful and did a lot of fundrais­ing for lo­cal char­i­ties.

The fi­nal award of the evening went to Derek Archer who was re­tir­ing from Grey­stones Fire Ser­vice af­ter 29 years ded­i­cated ser­vice. There were many mem­bers of the lo­cal fire ser­vice present for the pre­sen­ta­tion show­ing the re­spect Derek com­manded but in true action hero style they all had to leave sec­onds into Cllr. Jones’ speech when they were called out to an emer­gency.

Cllr. Jones said he re­mem­bered when the Grey­stones fire lan­drover was parked in hous­ing es­tates in the vil­lage and at one stage in a field when there was no fire sta­tion in the area.

He praised Derek and all the fire fight­ers from the area who risked their lives daily for their lo­cal com­mu­nity and while he ac­knowl­edged they were paid for it he said it was more for their com­mu­nity than the money.

He said that the death of Brian Mur­ray and Mark O’Shaugh­nessy in Bray in 2007 was ‘a tes­ta­ment to what can wrong with pro­vid­ing a vol­un­tary ser­vice’ and said that he felt Derek didn’t want to re­tire un­til he felt the time was right af­ter the tragedy.

Geral­dine Mooney and Jim Reynolds ac­cept an award on be­half of the Meals on Wheels.

Grey­stones Can­cer Sup­port ac­cept an award from Mayor Ge­orge Jones.

Mayor Ge­orge Jones presents an award to the Grey­stones Lions Club.

Mayor Ge­orge Jones presents an award to Derek Archer af­ter 29 years with the Fire Ser­vice.

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