Saturday 20 January 2018

Guide Dogs honour local SuperValu for support

John Manning

MORIARTY'S Supervalu in Balbriggan has been handed an award from the local branch of the Irish Guide Dogs in recognition of its support for the cause.

The annual award is made in the name of Ned and Maire Maguire from Balbriggan, stalwarts of the Balbriggan and North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs.

Spokesperson for the branch, Tom O'Neill, explained: 'Not long after I got my first guide dog, 'Frank' in 1985, I met Maire who told me about her own little dog and we discussed the idea of a dog walk as a fundraiser.

'Maire said she would love to bring her dog on that walk and so she did but in the months and weeks before that herself and Ned her husband went door-to-door all over the north county and further with sponsorship cards collecting money for guide dogs and promoting the branch as they went.

'As Christmas approached each year, many of their contacts asked them about Christmas cards and again, in their quiet way, they sold door-to-door, the cards for the branch.

'Until they passed on a few years back they did this promotion for us every year.'

Mr O'Neill said: 'To recognise these two exceptional and yet very ordinary people, our branch of guide dogs organised The Ned & Maire Maguire Perpetual Trophy.

'It is given to one person or one group each year in recognition of something special they have done for us.'

He added: 'In 2013 it was given to Damien and Ann O'Shaughnessy of Balscadden, who for many many years now have organised an annual Dancing Feis for us that takes place in Naul GAA Club on the first weekend in February each year.

'This year, we felt that Moriarty's Supervalu Balbriggan deserved the trophy as they are always there to support us and sponsor things for us.

'On Sunday, June 22 they sponsored our tuck shop for our annual dog walk. Each Christmas they give us two days to sell our merchandise, Christmas cards and calendars inside their shop.

'Thank you to Luke of Moriarty's Supervalu Balbriggan, Gerry Buckley, Brian Carrick and all the staff for your continued support to Balbriggan\North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs.'

The branch also recognised the support of other local organisations in the town this year with presentations to Peter Carey, manager of Millfield Shopping Centre, Lisa McEvoy of Tesco in Balbriggan and Liam Howley, Chairman of O'Dwyers GAA Club.

Fingal Independent

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