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AS a val­ued mem­ber of the choir which opened the pro­ceed­ings, it was lit­tle won­der one of the big­gest cheers at the Civic Awards was for Seamie Briscoe!

It’s hard to know where to start men­tion­ing why he re­ceived his Civic Award. Of­fi­cially, it was in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion he made to the trade unions and sport in the town, but as they say in Drogheda, he’s into ev­ery­thing but the crib!

‘It has been a tremen­dous year, with the Hall of Fame award in Jan­uary and now this,’ he says, brim­ming with pride.

‘I have been in­volved in rugby here al­most 50 years, the unions since the 80s, but it is with the choir I found my niche, and to stand here in my uni­form with 40 of my friends it one of the proud­est mo­ments of my life.’

Many of Drogheda’s long­est serv­ing com­mu­nity groups also re­ceived the high­est hon­our pos­si­ble last week; that of the re­spect and grat­i­tude of the peo­ple of their own town.

Proud to re­ceive Civic Awards were the vol­un­teers of St John’s Am­bu­lance, St Oliver’s Scout Troop and the Con­gre­ga­tion of the Sis­ters of Mercy, in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion made to ed­u­ca­tion and serv­ing the com­mu­nity since 1854.

‘I think one of the rea­sons we got it was how we make use of the re­sources we have, in par­tic­u­lar the Red Door project in one of our build­ings,’ said Sr Anne Brady, the only woman to col­lect an award on the night.

The Ir­ish Red Cross was hon­oured for the vol­un­teer work they do in the town, es­pe­cially get­ting wa­ter to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple dur­ing the wa­ter short­age.

‘’We are all very proud of the work our vol­un­teers do,’ said Alan Floyd on be­half of the Red Cross, ‘and it was our plea­sure to bring good clean Tullyallen wa­ter to the town!’

Colin Ma­her echoed that sen­ti­ment col­lect­ing the award for St John’s Am­bu­lance.

‘It’s great to go back to our mem­bers and show them that the Mayor and all the peo­ple in Drogheda re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the work that they do,’ he told the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent.

The Lour­des Brass Band re­ceived an award in recog­ni­tion of the huge con­tri­bu­tion to cul­ture in the town and en­abling tal­ented mu­si­cians to reach their po­ten­tial, and the Drogheda Civic Trust was de­lighted to ac­cept the award in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion made to pro­mot­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural, his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural ameni­ties in Drogheda for the town’s cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors.

‘We are a vol­un­tary group and our long­est project, for which we are very proud, is the Chord Ce­men­tary project,’ said De­nis Cum­mins.

Mayor Pio Smith con­cluded by say­ing that great things hap­pen in Drogheda all the time and nights like this are a great bal­ance to show the pos­i­tiv­ity of many in the town.

Pic­tured: May­oral Award re­cip­i­ents; Seamie Briscoe and Jim Gor­man, joined by Vic­tor Hack­ett, Jim Walker and Jim Reynolds all Ex W&C McDon­nells (Mar­garine).

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