Local groups honoured by Town Council
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.