Clareperson of the Year 2017 - Caitríona Lucas

 The Clare Association, Dublin - Muintir an Chláir  announced on Wednesday 7th December, at the launch of The Clare Association’s annual yearbook in O’Shea’s Merchant Hotel, that  Caitríona Lucas (R.I.P) is to be awarded Clareperson of the Year, for her outstanding contribution to communities in Co. Clare and beyond. This will be the first time that The Clare Association in Dublin, Muintir an Chláir, will make a posthumous award. Caitríona Lucas lost her life during a search and recovery operation with Doolin Irish Coast Guard earlier this year.

Speaking at the launch, Clare Association chairman Gerry O’Reilly said the association was honoured to  be able make the presentation to Caitríona’s husband, Bernard. The chairman said that she gave many dedicated years of her life to maritime activities around the coast of Clare, to the Doolin Coast Guard Unit,  to the Search and Rescue Dog Associaton, to the Clare Library Service and to the North Clare community,  including  the many hours she spent in promoting awareness of water safety, especially among young people.

 The presentation was made at the Clare Association's Annual Dinner Dance  in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon on Saturday, February 25,  2017. The chairman said that in the special circumstances, The Clare Association felt they should relocate their annual dinner dance from Dublin to North Clare in order to facilitate attendance by  the North Clare community.

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