Irish Abroad recognised at Presidential Distinguished Service Awards ceremony.

Irish Abroad recognised at Presidential Distinguished Service Awards ceremony.

Pictured at the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards ceremony were:
Back row:
Fr. Brendan McBride (US), Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, TD, and Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD. Tom Moran (US)

Front row:
Solicitor Gareth Peirce, Fr. Donal Doyle (Japan), Maureen Murphy (US), Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins, Sr. Dr Miriam Duggan (Kenya), Charles Handy (UK), Niall FitzGerald (UK), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)

British solicitor and human rights activist Gareth Peirce, Fr. Brendan McBride of the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center in San Francisco and businessman and Chair of Concern Worldwide Tom Moran were amongst those honoured with the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for 2015 at a ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin this evening (Thursday).

The Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad honours the work of exceptional people who contribute to Ireland and to Irish communities abroad. The awards are organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with nominations made by Irish communities abroad through Ireland’s embassy network.

President Higgins this evening presented Awards for 2015 to Mario Vargas Llosa, Fr. Donal Doyle, Niall FitzGerald, Charles Handy, Sr. Dr Miriam Duggan, Fr. Brendan McBride, Maureen Murphy, Gareth Peirce, and Tom Moran. Gabriel Byrne, who could not be in attendance on the evening, was also honoured. The ceremony was attended by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, TD, and Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD.

Speaking in advance of the event, Minister Flanagan said:

“I am delighted that the achievements of these ten remarkable people will be acknowledged by the President tonight. Collectively, they have helped to build and expand our reputation around the globe. Their service and c

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