Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

ALL the re­cip­i­ents of 2018 Drogheda May­oral Civic awards were un­doubt­edly wor­thy win­ners; how­ever sur­prise was ex­pressed by a num­ber of peo­ple present on this night that so few women were hon­oured.

Out of 16 awards, only one woman was present to ac­cept an award; Sr Anne Brady on be­half of the Sis­ters of Mercy, with no in­di­vid­ual awards for the con­tri­bu­tion made by women in the com­mu­nity.

Just one woman re­ceived an in­di­vid­ual award in last year’s cer­e­mony, a marked change from pre­vi­ous years.

‘I agree there should have been more women, and maybe that’s some­thing we need to look at in the fu­ture,’ com­mented Mayor Pio Smith af­ter the awards.

‘For me, they should be evolv­ing, and maybe we should look at hav­ing more cat­e­gories, and be­ing able to ad­dress a gen­der im­bal­ance.’

The awards are nom­i­nated by the lo­cal coun­cil­lors, and in pre­vi­ous years, in­di­vid­ual awards have been given to at least four or five women per event.

‘I didn’t no­tice to be hon­est, but now you men­tion it, I am very sur­prised,’ said Deputy Imelda Mun­ster, who was present at the cer­e­mony.

‘Every­one who got an award de­served it, but women are so much at the heart of the com­mu­nity in Drogheda and ev­ery Ir­ish town, it is some­thing that would need to be looked at for next year.’

A pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ent of a Civic Award, who said she would pre­fer not to be iden­ti­fied, said she was dis­ap­pointed with the lack of fe­male nom­i­nees or win­ners for the past two years.

‘It was one of the proud­est mo­ments of my life, and it re­ally does mean so much to be re­go­nised by your peers, she told the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent.

‘I know each of the groups hon­oured has women in­volved, how­ever there are so many women who do amaz­ing work for the com­mu­nity, it would be lovely to see them aknowl­edged, and well as all the di­verse com­munuties in Drogheda.’

Pre­vi­ous win­ners have in­cluded Karen Devine, Car­rie Cowan, Ca­t­rina Cul­li­gan, Mary Reynolds, Nuala Early, Iso­bel San Roma and Ann McVeigh, to name but a few.

Above: Mayor Pio Smith Pre­sent­ing SR Ann Brady Con­gre­ga­tion of the Sis­ters Of Mercy with a May­oral Award. Top left; Mayor Pio Smith pre­sent­ing P J O Brien Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice with His May­oral Award with Dar­ryl Coen Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice , P...

top: David and An­thony Briscoe with their dad Seamie with his May­oral Awards at the High­lanes Gallery. Above: Mayor Pio Smith Pre­sent­ing Fr Colm O Ma­hony Au­gus­tinian Church Com­mu­nity with their May­oral Award also in the Photo his Mum Mar­garet and Fr...

Left: Amie Dyer per­form­ing at the awards night

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