Captain Paddy Rowan from the Monasterevin Order of Malta was honoured for his 30 years of service to the unit at a special celebration at the Hazel Hotel last Tuesday night, October 30.
He was awarded with a medal presented by the organisation’s national director Peadar Ward.
Speeches were also made honouring Paddy by Ger Whelan, officer in charge of the Monasterevin Unit, member John Joe Kirwan, local parish priest Fr Liam Merrigan and Regional director John Ward.
The event, which also celebrated Monasterevin’s record of over 30 years as a senior Order of Malta Unit, was attended by the family and friends of Paddy and numerous local groups and organisations, including the Senior Citizens Group, Day Care Centre, Alzheimer’s Society, Christmas Lights Committee and more.
It was also attended by representatives from the Athy, Naas and Portlaoise Units of the Order of Malta.
According to Monasterevin Unit member John Joe Kirwan, Paddy has always been a constant of the Monasterevin organisation.
“In 1979 Paddy, along with the late Tony Lawlor, was approached to organise a first aid course in the town and from here the idea for the Monasterevin Unit grew. In 1982 we became a full unit with Paddy at the helm as the Officer in Charge,” he said on the night.
“As a voluntary organisation we rely on the dedication and commitment of our members. The people of Monasterevin have given their time generously and we would like to thank our past and current members for their contribution to our units success. Sadly we have lost a few members over the last thirty years and we would like to take this opportunity to remember Paddy Havens, Ultan Malone, Tony Lawler and Con Carr.
“In 1995 Paddy handed over the reigns as Officer in Charge to Lieutenant Chris Rowan but he continued to play an important and active role in the unit. Paddy has completed duties the length and breadth of Ireland and has given his time generously to the training of our members and to the day to day running of our unit. He has been a great champion of the Order and has provided us with great leadership, friendship and entertainment over the years.”
- Laura Coates