John Giles to be awarded Freedom of Dublin
Former Republic of Ireland international star John Giles is to be awarded the Freedom of Dublin.
The RTE pundit was nominated by Lord Mayor Christy Burke alongside Brother Kevin Crowley this evening and the nomination was ratified by at this evening's Dublin City Council meeting.
The award of Freedom of the City of Dublin acknowledges the contribution of recipients to the life of Ireland’s capital city.
The Freedom of the City will be awarded to both men in early 2015.
Giles enjoyed a stellar career in English football and is regarded as one of the Republic of Ireland's greatest ever players.
He started his English football career with Manchester United in 1956, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1963.
Following a move to Leeds United, he went on to win the English League, FA Cup and League Cup with Leeds before moving on to West Bromwich Albion. Giles made his international debut for Ireland in 1959 and went on to earn 59 caps playing for his country.
Brother Kevin Crowley founded The Capuchin Day Centre in Bow Street in 1969 to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need. When it opened first the Centre fed 50 people a day. In 2014 that number has risen to 800 people a day (300 for breakfast and 500 for lunch). In addition the centre gives food parcels to those in need and currently up to 1,800 a day receive parcels to help feed their families.
Amongst the ancient privileges afforded to a Freeman or Freewoman is the right to bring goods into Dublin through the city gates, without paying customs duties, the right to pasture sheep on common ground within the city boundaries, and the right to vote in municipal and parliamentary elections.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said, “I am honoured and privileged to propose Brother Kevin Crowley and John Giles for Dublin City’s highest award, the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin. Both men are very worthy recipients and are known and admired throughout Ireland and the world for their achievements and work with those in need.”
Brother Kevin and John will join an illustrious list of Freemen and Freewomen including former US presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, the four members of U2, Kevin Heffernan and Aung San Suu Kyi. Fr. Peter McVerry and Brian O’Driscoll were the last people to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2014.