There was a gathering of the good and the great in Brosna on Saturday night to celebrate the achievements of one of their own on foreign soil.
Kilmanihan native, Shelagh O’Connor made history last October when she became the first woman to be named as London Kerry Person of the Year by the Kerry Association in London.
To mark the occasion, members of Brosna GAA Club, under chairman, Brendan Lane, organised a celebration in Kate Pats’s Bar in Brosna on Saturday night. There, they were delighted to make a great fuss of the outstanding achievements of one of their own.
Kerry County GAA Board Development Officer and Brosna native, Tim Murphy said that the event on Saturday night was in recognition of Shelagh’s historic award in London last October.
“I was at the awards night in London with Kerry County Board, Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan and it was very meaningful for me being a neighbour of Shelagh’s.
She was the first woman to be honoured in a long line of men and that made it extra special. We’re all very proud of her achievements here at home and that’s why we organised this presentation and the night for her here at home,” said Mr. Murphy.
Shelagh was selected by the Kerry Association London’s Person of the Year sub-committee in recognition of all the work she does in helping young Londoners of all nationalities, who have fallen on hard times, get back on their feet.
The presentation was made at The Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood in October.
Shelagh is a director of The New Horizon Youth Project near the city’s King’s Cross area which is close to Euston and St Pancras’ Railway Stations and a gathering zone for lost souls and new arrivals to the British capital.
Ms. O’Connor was accompanied to Kate Pats’s Bar on Saturday night by her husband, Peter Middleton – a native of Roscommon and by members of the O’Connor family at home and abroad.