The Dublin Bus Communities Awards is a fine event, on a par with Dublin City Councils citywide Tidy Districts Awards. There are two similarities, they both award community endeavour and they are both held in Croke Park, and, I almost forgot, they both have wonderful meals and refreshments provided.
Minister Alan Kelly and Niall Quinn officiated and our own Olympic Champion from the Drimnagh Boxing Club Michael Carruth was also in attendance.
Again individual groups from Dublin South Central were winners including the Mercy Family Centre, South Brown Street, Saint Dominic’s Secondary School Ballyfermot and the Dublin 8 Community Education Centre as was our dear friend from the Drimnagh community Mr Edmond Lynch.
Dublin City Council organises an annual Tidy Districts Awards ceremony each year and again it was great to see so many groups from the Dublin South Central constituency winning so many awards again this year.
I was, of course, delighted that my own residents association won an award this year for the first time and it was no surprise that the “Hardy Annuals” from Chapelizod /Bulfin Estate and the likes of New Row/Maidens Row and Walkinstown Residents Assoc. again walked off with their prizes.
But it was the “newcomers” that gave me the most pleasure because it shows that with a little effort prizes and praise can be achieve, as indeed were the Goldstone Court/ Ceannt Fort residents groups rightly awarded and praised.
The lovely evening was complimented by the presence of “Lietuviskas Dobilas” which is a Lithuanian folk group founded in 2006, in Dublin. Their Repertoire draws upon folk songs, dance and instrumental music from all five regions of Lithuania.
Lithuania, like Ireland, is a small Country with a population around 3.5million and there is an estimated 100,000 Lithuanians living in Ireland.
The event was well attended by the Diplomatic Core as well as the Dublin City Council Lord Mayor Cllr. Andrew Montague along with my parliamentary colleague Deputy Joe Costello. The night was a most beautifully entertaining one which was enjoyed by all as the photographs will attest ……
Special thanks to my very talented Lithuanian photographer friend Ms. Renata Dapsyte who kindly supplied the photographs. You can find her HERE; http://www.renata-foto.com