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Sunday 18 February 2018

Capital's great and good step out for Lord Mayor's Awards bash

Bob Coggins and Clara Kelleher
Bob Coggins and Clara Kelleher


DUBLIN'S best and brightest who have made a positive contribution to life in the capital were honoured at a glittering ceremony in the Mansion House last week.

The 25th annual Lord Mayor's Awards honoured a number of groups and individuals, including the One Young World Bid Committee, which succeeded against the odds in attracting the global One World Youth Summit to Dublin next October.

More than 1,500 youth leaders from 190 countries, including young talent from global companies, NGOs, academia and other forward-thinking organisations, will fly in for the event.

They will 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 also honoured Dublin football manager Jim Gavin, who steered the Dubs to victory in what many regard as the game of a century, beating Kerry in the semi-final and then taking Sam back to the capital by beating Mayo in the final.

Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Dublin Web Summit, was honoured and 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 Ranelagh Arts Festival.

The award to the One Young World Bid Committee was received by bid leaders Bob Coggins and Clara Kelleher, who said the event would give Dublin golden opportunity to highlight its position as the city in Europe with the youngest and most diverse population in the EU.

Irish Independent

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