Republican News · Thursday 4 September 1998

[An Phoblacht]

Belfast award honours Pat McGeown

By Laura Friel

``Anytime you met Pat Beag you invariably came away feeling better for the experience,'' writes Terry Enright in a tribute to Pat McGeown.

Belfast Councillor and H Block Hungerstriker, Pat McGeown, who died suddenly in October 1996, was remembered this week with the launching of a community endeavour award in his name. West Belfast MP Gerry Adams officially launched the Pat McGeown Community Endeavour Award at Belfast's Upper Springfield Development Trust. Describing Pat McGeown as ``a modest man with a quiet, but total dedication to equality and raising the standard of life for all the people of the city,'' Adams said Pat ``would have been one of the last people to expect an Award to be given in his name, and yet few others could have deserved the honour more.''

Geraldine McAteer, Chief Executive, said the Trust organised this award because we wanted to pay tribute both to Pat, who had been one of the first people elected onto the Board of our organisation, and to all the unsung heroes of everyday life who have made a difference in the Upper Springfield.

Chrissie Cahill, the Trust's development officer, outlined the criteria for those eligible for the award. ``People of all ages can nominate the person from, or working in, Upper Springfield, who they think has made a major contribution to the life of the area.''

Nominations close on 11 September and the Award will be announced in October. The Award is a sculpture, commissioned by the Trust from Dublin artist Joe Moran which expresses the idea of people breaking free of deprivation and conflict.

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