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Fr. Ignatius O'Donovan Honoured with Freedom of Drogheda

On Thursday Oct 24th 2013, Fr. Ignatius O’ Donovan OSA was awarded the Freedom of Drogheda.  The event was held in the former Franciscan Church that is now Highlane Gallery.  The event was attended by members of Iggy’s family, a number of Augustinian friars and over 200 local people.  The decision to award Fr. Iggy the Freedom of Drogheda was made after the Mayor, Cllr. Richie Culhane, proposed him at a Council meeting on Oct 7th, in recognition of the work Fr. Iggy has done during his 12 years in Drogheda, particularly with local voluntary groups.  The Council agreed to the proposal unanimously.
The freedom of Drogheda is the highest honour that the Council can confer on anyone and is not done frequently; only 36 people have received the award over the past couple of hundred years. Previous recipients of the award include Charles Stuart Parnell, Éamon de Valera and Mary Robinson as well as Pope Blessed John Paul II.  
Fr. Francis Aherne OSA, Prior of Drogheda, read a message from the Provincial, Fr. John Hennebry OSA, congratulating Iggy on his achievements and recognising the great work Iggy has done in Drogheda.  During his acceptance speech Fr. Iggy expressed what an honour it was for him to receive the freedom of Drogheda but emphasised that it was not a personal honour but rather a recognition of the amazing work of the various groups that he had been associated with during his term in Drogheda.  In particular Iggy praised the work of SOSAD (Save Our Sons And Daughters), a voluntary group that works with individuals and families affected by suicide.  In this way, Iggy said, the award was really for the hundreds of those who work to help those most vulnerable.
Iggy also noted that one of the previous recipients of the award was Pope John Paul II, who is soon to be canonised – a sign of things to come maybe!
Colm O'Mahony OSA

Article posted on 29th of October 2013

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