‘NIGHTS LIKE THIS SHOW HOW POSITIVE TOWN IS’
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).