Seamus McGarry, one of the Irish Cultural Centres Directors, has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Award for the Irish Abroad. These awards, which were presented for the first time last year, honour recipients in a number of fields including:
Peace, Reconciliation and Development
Business and Education
Arts, Culture and Sport
Seamus McGarry was a recipient of the award in honour of Irish Community Support. Seamus has been a prominent member of the Irish Community in Britain for over 40 years and was well known in the GAA in the 60s as a hurler in London and Hertfordshire. Amongst his many achievements Seamus was a founder member of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain in 1988 and is currently a Trustee. He has also served over 10 years of office as chairman of the Federation of Irish Societies in two terms, was appointed Director of the Safe Start Foundation in London 1992 - 1998 and was former Chairman of the Irish Network Stevenage. As you can see the award has been well deserved and we at the Irish Cultural Centre congratulate Seamus in his achievements!
"These awards also recognise the tireless and crucial work of those like Rodney Walsh in New Zealand and Seamus McGarry in the UK who have looked after Irish citizens abroad. On behalf of the Irish people, I would like to express our gratitude for their hard work and commitment to Ireland over many decades. ”
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D.
Seamus is currently a member of the Irish Government Emigrant Services Committee and a Director here at the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith.