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Presidential Distinguished Service Award Winners

21 November 2019

Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Ian Gibson two of our Honorary Members are to receive the 2019 Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad today from President Higgins.

The Presidential Distinguished Service Award was established by the Government following the 2011 Global Irish Economic Forum as a means to recognise the contribution and achievements of members of the Irish diaspora, and the first awards were made in 2012. A total of 189 nominations were considered and the level and breadth of the achievements was outstanding. This year's recipients are

Arts, Culture and Sport
Ian Gibson Hon. MRIA (Spain)
Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly (US)

Business and Education
Paul Drechsler (Britain)
Michael Kenneally and Rhona Richman Kenneally (Canada)

Charitable Works
Fr. Patrick Clarke (Brazil)
Bernard Lynch (Britain)

Irish Community Support
Jackie Donohoe (US)

Peace, Reconciliation and Development
Sally O’Neill Sanchez (deceased - Honduras)

Science and Technology
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Hon. MRIA (Britain)
William Howlett (Tanzania)

 

 

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