On Thursday 25th September, Dublin Bus celebrated 10 years of its Community Spirit Awards and awarded grants ranging from €1,000 to €5,000 to over 80 charities and voluntary groups across the Greater Dublin Area. A special exhibition ceremony, hosted by former international footballer Niall Quinn, took place last night where the short listed groups were honoured for all their hard work and their valuable contribution to their local communities.
Now in its tenth year, the event saw a wide variety of charities in the Greater Dublin Area receive funding under the scheme which helps these organisations to maintain and grow their services. To date almost 1,500 local community groups have benefited from this initiative.
As part of the ceremony, Niall Quinn made a special presentation to 5 community groups who were awarded grants of €5,000. This year’s recipients of €5,000 include Baldoyle Boxing Club, Age Action, Sticks and Stones, Nurture and The Laura Brennan Charitable Trust. In addition to this, over 70 other charities also received grants of €2,000 or €1,000.
Commenting on the award winners, Patron of the Community Spirit Awards, Niall Quinn, said, “It is evident from the winning groups present here today that the recession has not dampened Dublin’s tradition of community spirit. I have been involved with the Dublin Bus’ Community Spirit Initiative as its patron since it began, over ten years ago, and I have seen first-hand the difference these grants can make to local community groups whose work, though so important, often goes unnoticed. I want to congratulate all the grant recipients and commend them on all their hard work.”
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