Weatherman Gerry Murphy and his proud family links with Reaghstown
Public Participation Network Annual Awards Night
As one of the country's best known weathermen, Gerry Murphy knows all about the impact of severe weather when it comes to keeping people safe.
And he was rich in his praise of those that come to the rescue of neighbours when storms strike.
Addressing last week's PPN Awards, he highlighted the community spirit that existed in the Drogheda/ East Meath area when the water shortages of July 2017 took place.
'Volunteers pooled together to help neighbours,' he stated.
Drogheda born Gerry admitted he's pretty proud of his local links.
His mother was from Reaghstown, near Ardee, and he has great memories of his time spent there as a young man.
He grew up in Magheracloone and recalled the special days when he got to go to the biggest local town, Dundalk.
'When I got a little older, I was off to the Fairways and Ridleys,' he continued.
He praised everyone for their efforts when it comes to volunteering. 'Volunteers are passionate about what they do and it's great to get people out to volunteer,' he remarked.