A standing ovation was accorded to Longford Association in Dublin Person of the Year 2017, Joe Flaherty, following his rousing acceptance speech at last Saturday’s gala presentation function in the Red Cow Moran Hotel.
Lanesboro native Mr Flaherty spoke of his pride at being from County Longford and said he was upbeat over the county’s future prosperity.
He said: “I am delighted to accept the award from the Longford Association in Dublin but in doing so I know it is reflective of the great work and initiative of so many enthusiastic people right across this great county of ours.
“We have to champion Longford and do things for ourselves. Everybody has a part to play and we need to talk the county up. Sometimes our greatest critics are ourselves. We need to curb that and emphasise the best that we have to offer.”
Liam Caldwell of the Longford Association in Dublin described Joe Flaherty as a ‘man of many, varied and wide-ranging activities and interests’.
Lanesboro native, Joe Flaherty, now living in Longford town with his wife Niamh and their three young daughters - Kate (8), Jill (6) and Grace (3) - is Managing Director of Iconic Newspapers, who own the Longford Leader.
Mr Caldwell outlined, “Joe is well known for his community involvement and was to the fore in the re-establishment of the Longford Summer Festival and also the first Longford Christmas markets. He is also active in Longford Chamber of Commerce, Tidy Towns and the GAA. The members of the Longford association never cease to be impressed by selfless giving and Joe is a wonderful example of this. With this in mind we’re delighted he is this year’s main award recipient.”
Presentations were also made to the all-conquering Mullinalaghta St Columba’s and Longford junior ladies teams in recognition of their remarkable sporting feats last year. Citations were read on the Special Recognition award winners by Tony Gilleran, Longford Association in Dublin.
Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Mick Cahill praised the work of the Association and congratulated the award recipients.
See next week’s Longford Leader for more coverage of the gala evening.