Kildare’s Kevin Deering received the Gold Emblem - the highest award in the CMWS - at the branch’s 75th anniversary celebrations last weekend.
Carmel Somers of Scoil Rince Cill Dara was also honoured for her 30 year record of dance teaching. Presentations were also made by Bishop Denis Nulty to the CMWS committee as part of the celebrations on Friday September 20 at St. Brigid’s Parish Church. Margaret Breen and Michael Hughes’s contributions were also applauded.
Chairman of Kildare CMWS, John Morrisey recalled the huge changes which have taken place over the years and the contribution the CMWS has made to society. He also thanked Jim Brady for his work on producing a commemorative book for the occasion. He singled out Eamon Hennessy and Esther Brady for special mention.
National president of the CMWS and branch secretary Eamon Hennessy remarked; “Most of this would not have been possible with out the sheer dedication of all those committee people who went before us and kept the fire burning.”
Bishop Nulty praised the work of the committee and the role of the CMWS in the community.
Up to 250 people from local groups, organisations, clergy and politicians attended the mass. Afterwards the crowd gathered in the CMWS for refreshments. A special marble plaque was unveiled to mark the occasion.