The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon, has paid tribute to ALONE founder Willie Bermingham on the 30th anniversary of his death by calling him a “Hero of Dublin.”
Mr Bermingham passed away on this day in 1990.
A Dublin firefighter, he founded the charity ALONE after seeing the appalling conditions some older people were living in throughout the city in tenements in the cold winter of 1976.
“Willie Bermingham was a hero of Dublin,” said the Lord Mayor Tom Brabazon. “He saw something that wasn’t right and he took action. Not many people are willing to act when they see injustice, but he did. It’s fitting that his 30th anniversary should fall at a time when so many of the men and women of Dublin Fire Brigade are doing their city proud during the Covid-19 crisis.”
As a tribute to Mr Bermingham, Dublin City Council will project an image of him onto its building on Palace St tonight.
“Willie was and remains a huge loss to his family, ALONE and all of us,” said ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan. “His ethos of hard work and his drive to support those most in need remains at the heart of what we do at ALONE as we have adapted and grown to meet the needs of older people today. Today on the 30th anniversary of his passing, we remember Willie, the enormous impact he had, and the legacy he has left us, which will never be forgotten.”
Dublin Fire Brigade would also like to extend its deepest sympathies to Mr Bermingham’s family.
“Today we take a moment to remember our Firefighter Willie Bermingham who died so tragically young in 1990. Dublin Fire Brigade remains proud of Willie’s legacy and the inspiration he provided to so many,” said Chief Fire Officer Dennis Keeley. “ALONE is as important now as it was in 1977. Today Willie Bermingham Junior, one of Willie Senior’s five children, carries on his father’s legacy as a Dublin fireman.”