In this the second year of the Irish Abroad Awards, Kilkenny man (Johnstown) Seamus Mc Garry received the ‘Presidential Distinguished Award for service to the Irish Abroad.
Along with eight other people from around the globe Seamus received his award at Aras an Uachtarain recently.
Seamus has a close connection with Thurles having played with Jimmy Doyle and Michael Murphy while working in the town during the years 1956/7 and won with them mid and county medals. Seamus recently retired from British Telecom. He brought with him his love of hurling and has been a stalwart of the GAA in Britain, particularly in London and Hertfordshire . He was one of the founding members in 1973 of the Federation of Irish Societies (now Irish in Britain) . Seamus during the ‘troubles’ was the spokesperson for the Irish community in Britain.
President Higgins said “ Seamus Mc Garry has, for many years, provided a strong voice for Irish people living in Britain; not least through his work as Chair of the Federation of Irish Societies at a time of great sensitivity in relations between our two countries.”
During an Irish in Britain event at the Irish Embassy recently Seamus was presented by Gerry Molumby with the picture attached taken by Gerry (from the Hogan Stand) at ‘the All Ireland.’