A COMMITTEE that succeeded against all odds in attracting the World Youth Summit to Dublin has been honoured in a glittering ceremony.
The 25th annual Lord Mayor's Awards honoured a number of groups and individuals last night, including the One Young World Bid Committee, which will bring the summit to Dublin next October.
More than 1,500 youth leaders from 190 countries, including young talent from global companies, NGOs and academia, will fly in for the world summit of the charity, One Young World. The charity gathers together the brightest young people from around the world to engage with world leaders and debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for pressing issues facing the world today.
Independent News & Media are media partners for the One Young World event, which will showcase the capital and provide a major boost to the Dublin economy.
The Lord Mayor's Awards – held last night in the Mansion House in Dublin – also honoured Dublin football manager Jim Gavin, who steered the Dubs to victory in what is now regarded as the game of a century when they beat Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final. They then took Sam back to the capital by beating Mayo in the final.
Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Dublin Web Summit, was honoured, while radio presenter Dil Wickremasinghe received the Lord Mayor's Frederick Douglas Award for outstanding contribution to civic life in Dublin by an immigrant. Other award winners were St Andrew's Resource Centre and the Ranelagh Arts Festival.
The award to the One Young World Bid Committee was received by bid leaders Bob Coggins and Clara Kelleher.
The successful bid was based around the theme of '1,000 Welcomes', highlighting Dublin's youth, creativity and innovation. Dublin beat off the bids of Edinburgh and Hong Kong to host the prestigious event
Mr Coggins said the event would give Dublin an opportunity to highlight its position as the city in Europe with the youngest and most diverse population in the EU.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn said: "I have chosen to give Lord Mayor's Awards to three individuals and three groups in the areas of technology, arts, sport, youth, community and social justice.
"All the recipients, both individuals and organisations, have made special contributions to Dublin and I'm honoured to be able to recognise them."