A night to celebrate Longford

Dublin Association host 62nd Annual Gala Evening

A night to celebrate Longford

The founders of Longford Women’s Link, a Longford based charity and a Kenagh historian and writer will all be honoured on Saturday night by the Longford Association in Dublin at its 62nd annual gala dinner on Saturday night, April 9.

This year, the Association has chosen two women for their top awards - Tess Murphy and Elsie Moxham. Along with the late Mary O’Hara, they founded Longford Women’s Link over 20 years ago. Today it is one of the largest charities in Longford and directly employs over 50 people.

It is one of the leading charities of its type in the entire country, supporting women on many different levels - by providing education and training, encouraging civic participation and offering crucial support to domestic violence victims.

“This is an organisation that has changed the lives of Longford women over the past two decades and it is only fitting that we honour them this year,” Liam Caldwell of the Dublin Association told the Leader.

Meanwhile, popular Kenagh historian, community activist and writer Paddy Egan will receive the Special Recognition Award this year. Paddy is a man who is involved in myriad organisations in Kenagh and beyond. He is a renowned historian with a passion for times past and that is only matched by his love of this community for which he carries out tremendous work.

“An added attraction this year will be an Irish dance exhibition by Niamh Cunningham, aged 10,” Liam Caldwell explained.

“Niamh has won a string of competitions in the course of her young life and is currently the Dublin and Leinster champion, and in recent weeks has come fourth in the world Irish dance championships. Although a Dublin-based young lady, Niamh has a proud Longford heritage - her grandad, Pat Cunningham, a Life President of the Longford Association, is a native of Mullinalaghta.”

The night kicks off at 8pm and following a fine four-course meal - the Red Cow Hotel is renowned for its good food - music will be provided by top country band, The Outlaws, till 2am.

Tickets at €50 can be reserved by contacting Liam Caldwell 087 2595963; Yvonne Mc Cormack 086 8548282; Tony Gilleran 086 8745213; Padraig Connolly 087 9327205; Gerry Quinn 087 6755127; Pat Cunningham 087 2865402; Danny Donohoe 086 2404295; Dessie Kiernan 087 9276767; Paddy Mc Kenna 086 8732744; Tim Donlon 086 8977241 and John Rabbitt 087 9270052 .

For more: www.longfordassociationdublin.ie