The annual Cathaoirleach’s Awards Ceremony took place in County Hall on the 9th of June 2011. The 3 prestigious Awards were formally presented to the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team; Dún Laoghaire Sailing Volunteer Group and Stars of Erin GAA Club

Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2009. The Team has its origins in the An Óige Mountain Rescue Team, which was formed during the early 1960’s and was one of the earliest Mountain Rescue Teams in Ireland. As the An Óige Team, the members were involved in numerous rescues in the Wicklow Mountains from the 60’s to the early 80’s. A core group of the current DWMRT members, who were active members in the An Óige Team have been providing a rescue service in the Wicklow and surrounding mountains for almost 40 years.

The Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team is an entirely voluntarily operated 112/999 service, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While the team’s main area of operation is in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, the team also covers as far as the Cooley Mountains in Co. Louth. In addition, the team will also travel to other parts of the country, when requested, to back up other Mountain Rescue Teams and the Gardaí.
The team’s purpose is to provide a professional mountain rescue service for those who find themselves in need. This may include mountain or crag accidents or lost /overdue / missing persons. In the last number of years the team responded to over 50 “call-outs” on average per annum.

The Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team is made up of 40 volunteer members whose job is to lend a helping hand. Team members come from all walks of life e.g. outdoor instructors, doctors, ambulance personnel, engineers and farmers to name a few. They say that they all have one thing in common and that is their selfless desire to help others in need.

Dún Laoghaire Sailing Volunteer Group, received its award for dedicated work in contributing time and expertise to developing sporting opportunities for young people.

In 2003, Brian Craig and his team of volunteers undertook responsibility for hosting the Special Olympics World games sailing event in Dún Laoghaire. Engaging with 100 volunteers through the sport, the event was a major success.

Councillor Barry Ward (second from right) with Brian Craig (left) from Dún Laoghaire Sailing Volunteer Group

Councillor Barry Ward (second from right) with Brian Craig (left) from Dún Laoghaire Sailing Volunteer Group. Photo by Jason Clarke.

Following this Brian and his team developed the Dún Laoghaire week in 2005, a bi-annual international event which manages world-class sailing on Dublin Bay for up to 500 entries generating substantial economic return to the Dún Laoghaire region. The event in July 2011 will run for the fourth time and is now a firm date in the sailing calendar.

In 2008 Brian in association with Irish Sailing Association submitted a bid to ISAF, the world sailing federation to host the 2012 Youth World Sailing Championships which are viewed as one of the most important sailing events after the Olympic Games. Dún Laoghaire won the bid and Brian and his volunteer committee have been working tirelessly to host this event from 12-21 July 2012.

The granting of this prestigious sailing event to Ireland is a major boost to the sport and secures Ireland’s position as a prime location for hosting worldclass sailing events. It also establishes Dún Laoghaire as one of the prime major racing locations in the world, capable of running multiple classes and courses to the highest international standard.

Stars of Erin GAA Club Glencullen, founded in 1903, are distinguished by being one of the oldest GAA Clubs in Dublin.

Over many years the club used various fields in the Glencullen area for training and matches. However in late 1998 the club put together a development plan for a new pitch and facilities in Glencullen. The plan detailed the acquisition of lands, the construction works and the financing of all the elements.

The club got tremendous support from the local community and its new home was constructed at Ballybrack Road, Glencullen. The club could not survive without its volunteers and is hugely indebted to their commitment to coaching, mentoring, refereeing and player registration.

The volunteer Coaches and mentors in Glencullen are renowned for their ability to encourage and motivate young players while they are still developing physically, psychologically, socially and emotionally. Their service to the youth of the County is tremendous and highly valued by the local community and the surrounding area. Their service therefore to the young people of Glencullen is second to none.

The current Chairman is Paudge McHugh and his nephew Alan McHugh is a member of the senior football team. The McuHugh family has a long history of being involved with the club and have been part of Stars of Erin since the 1920s!

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