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Charities praised and handed €5k grants

MORE THAN 100 charities and community groups were honoured in Croke Park for their hard work and community contributions.

The groups were awarded grants of up to €5,000 under the Dublin Bus Community Support Programme.

Patron of the awards, Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn, said it was a "thrill to honour the people on the ground who do all the hard work".

The 'Champion of the Community Award' was also introduced for the first time, and Brother Kevin Crowley from the Capuchin Day Centre was rewarded for his work with the homeless.

He explained how the centre was now dealing with people who have problems with their mortgages and are struggling to make ends meet.

Brother Crowley went on to say that "only for the generosity of people around the country we wouldn't be able to keep going.

"We have many young volunteers and you hear all the bad stuff about young people and not enough about the good the young people do."

Olympic boxer Michael Carruth was also a recipient of the award for his work with the Start Box project, a non-contact introductory boxing programme in Dublin.