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President of Ireland to honour a leading citizen - Pat Kelly

posted 7 Sep 2012, 13:02 by Unknown user
  • Congrats to Ottawa GAA President Pat Kelly for the recognition of his great works here in Canada, Ontario and Ottawa. A founding member of the Canadian County Board in 1987 - well done Pat!

    TEN high-profile Irish people living abroad are to be recognised with a new presidential award -- but the Government last night stressed how this new Irish scheme "is not an honours system" similar to the one in the UK.

    The new Presidential Distinguished Service Award, which acknowledges the work of Irish people living abroad, is different to the high-profile British honours system.

    Among those nominated for the Irish awards is the late GAA and Aussie rules star, Jim Stynes, who carved out a successful career in Aussie Rules Football, before succumbing to cancer.

    Also in receipt of the award is Pat Kelly who has lived in Ottawa since the 1970s, and who has been closely involved with various Irish organisations in Canada, including the establishment of a Gaelic football club in his adopted city.

    Other award nominations are Sister Leena Deevy, a native of Co Laois who has worked with immigrants in Boston, and Fr Michael Kelly, who has done research on the impact of AIDS in Africa.

    Irish Independent