Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

PAST and present mem­bers of Wick­low Com­mu­nity Games came to­gether in the Pow­er­scourt Arms Ho­tel last week to hon­our Lily Ka­vanagh for a life-time of ser­vice.

2017 is the Com­mu­nity Games ju­bilee year and, to mark the oc­ca­sion, a Golden Vol­un­teer from each county was se­lected. Not only was Lily picked as Wick­low’s Golden Vol­un­teer, she was also voted by the pu­bic as the over­all vol­un­teer of the year for all of Ire­land.

Wick­low County Board or­gan­ised a party in recog­ni­tion of Lily’s ded­i­ca­tion to the games hav­ing been one of four peo­ple who started the games 46 years ago. She is still ac­tively in­volved and holds the po­si­tion of Life Pres­i­dent.

Chair­man Michael Kenny said: ‘ This is not a day for speeches but a cel­e­bra­tion of the life of Lily Ka­vanagh who has ded­i­cated her time to the chil­dren and the good of Com­mu­nity Games.’

On be­half of the county board, Michael pre­sented Lily with a beau­ti­ful mem­ory book of pic­tures. Deputy Pat Casey pre­sented her with a beau­ti­ful bou­quet of flow­ers, while Health Min­is­ter, Si­mon Har­ris took time out from his busy sched­ule to pass on his con­grat­u­la­tions to Lily in per­son.

Guests were re­minded on years gone by thanks to a mem­ory board dec­o­rated with old pho­to­graphs, press clip­pings and PRO books from dif­fer­ent eras.

Lily’s 90th birth­day takes place on Oc­to­ber 29 so she also re­ceived a birth­day cake along with a mes­sage book.

Lily said she was truly hon­oured to see many old friends present es­pe­cially James O’Reilly of Ark­low, who has been bat­tling ill­ness, and his wife Sadie, who have given a life­time to Com­mu­nity Games.

Phyl­lis Far­rell, the county PRO, said she was de­lighted to be part of this spe­cial day and wanted to thank the Ka­vanagh fam­ily along with mem­bers of Wick­low County Board, Michael Kenny, Mary Brett Kelly, Fiona Shan­non, Mar­gret Reid, Breda Reid, Maura Reid and Ellen Nolan, who all helped or­gan­ise the day.

Lily with En­niskerry Com­mu­nity Games vol­un­teers Noel Barry, He­len Finn, Rachel Clarke, Mairead O’Gor­man, Joan Lee and Madeleine De Bairead.

Michael Kenny, chair­man of Wick­low Com­mu­nity Games, and Deputy Pat Casey make pre­sen­ta­tion to Lily Ka­vanagh.

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