The Mayor’s Awards are hosted annually to celebrate the work of outstanding volunteers in Galway City who have made a significant impact on their communities. GIAF volunteer Fintan Sweeney received the 2018 Mayor’s Award for Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cursaí Gaeilge in recognition of his dedicated voluntary contribution with Galway International Arts Festival.
Nominated by GIAF’s Volunteer Manager Carly Zimmerman, the award recognises Fintan’s immeasurable contribution to Galway International Arts Festival and many other local arts organisations including Macnas, Galway Early Music Festival and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.
Fintan is a native Galwegian and active volunteer who demonstrates a dedicated passion for the arts. Awarded with an engraved plate of Galway crystal and a cheque presented by Mayor Pearce Flannery, Fintan plans to spend his winnings helping to create an even larger charitable impact.
GIAF volunteer Monica Coughlan was nominated in the Community Services & Social Inclusion category along with her brother, Paul Duffy. Monica particularly enjoys volunteering at GIAF theatre events and is an active volunteer with COPE Galway, which addresses homelessness, domestic violence and other social issues in the Galway community.
Many GIAF volunteers involved in the Eglinton Hotel Direct Provision Accommodation Centre Residents' Committee were presented with the award for Community Services and Social Inclusion, including Jacqueline Phiri, Precious Jubane and Christiana Egbo. Their work aims to improve the lives of asylum seekers at the Eglinton and provide support services for individuals and families there.
GIAF would like to congratulate all the fantastic volunteers who represented GIAF at the 2018 Mayor's Awards.
Applications to volunteer for the 2018 Festival alongside Fintan are now open. Apply today at giaf.ie/get-involved/volunteer.