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Ballinteer nurse is honoured by the Lord Mayor for her bravery

Monday, 22nd April, 2019 1:00pm
Ballinteer nurse is honoured by the Lord Mayor for her bravery

Cllr Nial Ring presents the Lord Mayor’s Award to nurse Aoife McGivney who reacted after the driver of the bus she was on fell ill.

Ballinteer nurse is honoured by the Lord Mayor for her bravery

Cllr Nial Ring presents the Lord Mayor’s Award to nurse Aoife McGivney who reacted after the driver of the bus she was on fell ill.

A BRAVE Southside nurse took pride of place at the annual Lord Mayor’s Awards last week where recipients were honoured for their contribution to Dublin society.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Nial Ring presented seven individuals and a voluntary organisation with one of the prestigiousawards in the historic Round Room of the Mansion House.

 “These are people and groups who have made a special contribution to this great city and its citizens,” the Lord Mayor said.

Among the recipients of the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Awards that include Kellie Harrington, John Sheahan, Marie Tyrrell, Norah Casey, parkrun Ireland, Christy Dignam, and Noel Carroll (posthumous Award) is Aoife McGivney.

The 25-year-old nurse from Ballinteer showed great presence of mind when, as a passenger on a bus, she reacted to the driver falling ill, stopped the bus and performed life-saving CPR.

Aoife studied nursing in University College Dublin and graduated in 2016. She has worked in the Mater Hospital since then. She hopes to return to college and continue her training in the Mater.

Another award-winner, Kellie Harrington, was born and raised in Dublin’s north inner city, a community that she is very proud of. However, she currently boxes out of St Mary’s Boxing Club in Tallaght.

Her interest in boxing began at just 15-years-of-age and her sporting career as an Irish amateur boxer has developed over the years.

Kellie’s career reached a new high last November when she won the gold medal in the lightweight division at the 2018 IABA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

On her arrival home from the Championships, Kellie received a homecoming civic reception from the Lord Mayor which saw huge crowds turn out in the north inner city in support of their local hero and newly crowned lightweight champion of the world.

Another winner was the concept of parkrun Ireland -  a volunteer-led free-to-enter 5k run with reliable timing organised at a set location on a weekly basis.

The events often take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to take part.

The first parkrun in the Republic of Ireland was held in November 2012 in Malahide Demesne and there were 159 participants and six volunteers in attendance.

Last year was a milestone for parkrun Ireland with the one millionth parkrun taking place. There are now 86 parkrun 5k events and 18 junior events organised weekly by parkrun Ireland throughout the country accounting for around 13,000 participants each week.

Speaking about the Awards, Lord Mayor Ring added: “The Lord Mayor’s Awards ceremony is one of the highlights of my term of office.  I have chosen to honour individuals and a group from many different walks of life. 

However all of them have one thing in common; they have enriched all our lives in some way, whether through their music, their sporting achievements or simply their work in supporting and caring for others. 

“This acknowledgement of their contribution is richly deserved. The wonderful work the volunteers do in supporting people in keeping fit is to be applauded. I congratulate all the recipients and thank them on behalf of the people of Dublin.”

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