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Ann 'overwhelmed' to win Lord Mayor's monthly award for her fab mask fundraiser


Ann McDonnell with her award from the Lord Mayor of Dublin

Ann McDonnell with her award from the Lord Mayor of Dublin

Ann McDonnell with her award from the Lord Mayor of Dublin

A woman working in north Dublin was this month's winner of the Lord Mayor's Award for her mask fundraiser.

Ann McDonnell, who works in the Spar store on Glasnevin Avenue in Finglas, was chosen by Lord Mayor Hazel Chu after being nominated by a local customer, Colette Finnegan.

Ann started to sew her masks once the pandemic began and sold them in the Spar, sending all the proceeds to St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown.


She was overwhelmed to have won the award and said she could not believe it.

"People are saying I'm great, but it's the customers, really," she said.

"We've raised €8,000 for the hospice so far and we're still selling the masks. We have a great community.

"Before I worked in the shop I was a machinist at home when the kids were younger, so it's like I've gone back to my roots.

"I'll be bringing the award to bed with me tonight, I'm absolutely delighted."

The Lord Mayor had kind words to say about Ann, and also noted that many worthy people were nominated again this month.

"We really do have so many good people in this city," she said.

"I went with Ann as this month's winner because not only does she sound like a ray of sunshine for customers coming into the shop, she has also put another of her talents to great use making masks and raising money for a super cause. Well done."


Customer Colette also commended her on her initiative, saying: "I think Ann is a great woman, and she always has a lovely greeting for everyone who enters the shop.

"Well done Ann for raising all that money for such a great cause and for thinking of everyone and keeping them safe with your lovely masks."