Irish Post Awards 2017: “Together We are Immense”

Master of Ceremonies Eamonn Holmes, Fionnula Flanagan, and Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Bob Geldof. (Photo: Malcolm McNally / The Irish Post)

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2018

A night of community, Brexit, and high praise of the Irish in Britain as Bob Geldof and Johnny McDaid were among those honored at 40th annual Irish Post Awards on November 23 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London.

Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid praised the collective energy, spirit, and positive impact of the Irish in Britain.

“We come from a history of nations that fought each other. It’s amazing to see this gathering of people fighting for each other,” he said.

The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid, M.P., Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. (Photo: Malcolm McNally / The Irish Post)

The Boomtown Rats singer, Bob Geldof, said of the Irish community in Britain: “Together we are immense. Together we are really immense.”

He also took the opportunity to make an impassioned plea on Brexit, saying, “It is in the interest of Britain to stay in Europe, as it is in the interest of Ireland to be allied with Britain in Europe, and this is very dangerous for our native country and it is very dangerous for here. We have a year and a half to prevent this catastrophe.”

Honoree Baroness Karren Brady and husband Paul Peschisolido with actress Courteney Cox and honoree Johnny McDaid. (Photo: Malcolm McNally / The Irish Post)

Apprentice star Baroness Karren Brady, singer Imelda May, and Olympic rowers Gary and Paul O’Donovan were also honored on the night.

Imelda May received her award from Dara O’Briain. (Photo: Malcolm McNally / The Irish Post)

This year’s Building Britain Award was won by Ground Construction Ltd, while a special award was presented to Kerryman Danny O’Sullivan for over 30 years’ service to the Irish community.

Chris Davies of DRS Bond Management and Paddy Shanahan, Building Britain Award-winner. (Photo: Malcolm McNally / The Irish Post)

And it was that sense of community that Derry native Johnny McDaid spoke of with huge admiration and passion. “Everything that you have seen here tonight is about community, we are all of us a community, we are people from Ireland who left and came here to England to make more of our life,” he said.

McDaid was joined by his mother Pauline and his partner, Hollywood actress Courteney Cox. ♦

 

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