Local Women Celebrated in Foyle Centennial Awards

Published: Thur, 8 Mar 2018
Students from St Cecilia's College in Derry City launch the Foyle Centennial Women's Awards, which are funded by the Housing Executive. The gala ceremony will take place this weekend.
Womens Award
The Foyle Centennial Women’s Awards, a gala awards ceremony celebrating amazing women from Derry City and Strabane area will be held this weekend, thanks to us.
To celebrate 100 years of the female vote, the team at Dove House Community Trust has asked local organisations to nominate wonderful local women, past or present who have made a difference in the lives of others.
The 100 nominations have been received, and the public have been voting via event sponsor, the Derry Journal website. The 10 nominees with the highest votes will be announced as the finalists.
The Awards ceremony and gala ball will be held in the City Hotel on Saturday, March 10.
Speaking about the upcoming event, Ann McMonagle from Dove House said it will be taking those attending back to 1918.
She said: “On the night suffragette sashes will be on offer for all guests, ahead of a sit down meal and a drinks reception.
“We are going to recognise females from around the city and district who have never been recognised before.
“As well as the voting on the Derry Journal website, we had a ballot box in the Guildhall so residents who do not use the internet will still be able to vote.
“The nominations were multi community, and open to any woman past or present over the age of 16.
“We are trying to re-exercise our right to vote. Realistically 1918 wasn’t that long ago.
“It’s time to recognise some wonderful women who have made a difference in someone’s life. It doesn’t matter how big or small the difference.”
Our Area Manager, Eddie Doherty, who will be presenting one of the awards at the ceremony, said:
“We’re delighted to fund this worthwhile event that is recognising the important contribution women make to everyday life. I look forward to meeting the finalists on the night and hearing their stories.”
Dove House Community Trust has supported residents in the Derry City area for over 30 years providing a wide range of services for young people, advice on welfare/employment/education, and support for families affected by domestic abuse.