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Chairman's Award of New Ross Urban District Council Presented to Fr John Hennebry

On the 6th of June, the Urban District Council of New Ross, Co. Wexford, honoured four people with the Chairman's Award.  This is the highest honour that the town of New Ross can award to anybody and so it is with great pride that the Augustinians can now count among our number one of its recipients.  The award recognises exceptional contribution to the life of the town as well as recognising significant achievements of people from the town.

Fr John Hennebry (incoming Provincial) has spent twenty years working in Good Counsel College, New Ross and, now that he will be leaving the town to take up his new role, the town decided to honour him with this civic award.  An idea of the significance of this award can be gleaned from the fact that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy of the United States of America is a previous recipient.  John was honoured for his services to the community and to education.  In his address, Councillor Paul Crowdle (Cathaoirleach Comhairle Bhaile Ros Mhic Treoin) mentioned the thousands of boys who have been educated in Good Counsel College during John's tenure.  Reference was also made to John's steady hand in guiding the College through many developments over this period.

John's mother and brothers were in attendance as were a number of Augustinians - Fr Philip Kelly, Fr Pat Codd, Fr Sean MacGearailt and Fr Noel Hession.

While this was an award made personally to John, councillors took the opportunity to express their appreciation for the work done by so many Augustinians in the town over many years.

The other three people who were honoured were James Ryan, in recognition of his contribution to the world of sport and also acknowledging the success he has achieved in becoming a member of the Irish National Sea Angling Team.  James is actually a past pupil of Good Counsel College.  Caroline Foley Kearns was honoured for her contribution to the town through her work with the Lions' Club - especially the huge work she has put in to fundraising for a wide variety of charities.

In many ways, the one who stole the show was Owen Murphy who, at only ten years of age, was the youngest person ever to receive the Chairman's Award.  Owen has excelled in the field of athletics and has managed to win a gold medal at All-Ireland level.  As the chairman said, these awards are not just about recalling past achievement, they are about pointing the way to the future, a future in which Owen, and others like him, can be a role model for his peers.

The event, which took place in the Tholsel building of the town, was well attended and the Council provided a very pleasant reception for the assembled guests afterwards.

Photographs from the event are available to you in the Gallery section of this website

Article posted on 8th of June 2013

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