If you fancy giving the Irish Post’s 2016 Awards a quick gander, there’s an online webcast here.
The Irish Post tells us that the late Sir Terry Wogan will be posthumously honoured with a lifetime achievement award. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan will give the keynote.
Other awards will go to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Britain), Shane Richie (Entertainment Legend Award), and Leicester City FC CEO Susan Whelan (Outstanding Contribution to Business in Britain Award).
And a community award goes to 93-year old Greenwich Irish Pensioners’ Association president Agnes Ford, a Kinsale native who married a husband in the British Army in 1943, and moved to Blackheath. She has been a mainstay of service to the Irish community in Greenwich since the 1940s.
Given the transitions the Irish-in-GB community has made in the last half century – from a world populated by emigrant nurses and Kilburn labourers, navigating through the scars of the Troubles, and now joined by a highly educated Generation Emigration more likely to connect on Facebook groups than in bricks-and-mortar Irish centres – the Irish Post really has found its way again and again to relevance for each generation.
So do give their awards a quick look, if you’ve time. They do a phenomenal job.