This year 2013 is the second year of the “Irish Abroad Awards,” and this year a Johnstown Co Kilkenny native, Mr Seamus McGarry was presented with a distinguished ‘Presidential Award’ for his service to Irish people abroad. This award which was presented at Arás an Uachtaráin recently was one of eight such award presented to Irishmen living abroad in various countries around the world.
Seamus has a very close connection with Thurles, particularly during the years 1956 & 1957 and played with such hurling legends as Jimmy Doyle and Michael Murphy while working in the Cathedral town, winning with them both Mid and County Medals.
Seamus, now retired from British Telecom, brought to England his love of hurling and has over the years been a stalwart supporter of the GAA in Britain, particularly around areas in London and Hertfordshire.
In 1973 he was one of the founding members of the Federation of Irish Societies and during darker days in recent history, he was the spokesperson for many of the Irish community residing in Britain.
At the Awards event, President Michael D. Higgins stated; “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 a recent ‘Irish in Britain,’ event at the Irish Embassy, Seamus was presented with a picture by Gerry Molumby, latter taken by Gerry himself from the Hogan Stand at an All Ireland Final.