14 Dublin groups are finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes awards

by Rachel Darcy

Fourteen Dublin organisations have been named amongst the thirty-six community groups, sports clubs and organisations from across Ireland who were announced as finalists in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The Dublin finalists include the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, Children in Hospital Ireland, Focus Ireland, BeLonG To Youth Services, Age Action Ireland and the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

In addition, Kilbarrack Coast Community Project, Irish Deaf Society, Shankill Tennis Club, South Dublin Taekwondo, Children’s Books Ireland, International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and Dance Theatre of Ireland were also named as finalists.

The Good Causes Awards aim to honour the inspiring work and achievements of projects, clubs and individuals who, with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.

The finalists will now proceed to the grand final in six categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts & Culture, Community and Youth.

A seventh category, Irish Language, will have a special award to be announced at the Awards final, recognising work done in the promotion of the Irish Language.

Speaking at the announcement, the CEO of the National Lottery, Andrew Algeo, congratulated the finalists.

He said: “The Good Causes Awards allow us to shine a light on the outstanding work being done in our communities by extraordinary groups.

“Our aim is to recognise the exceptional contributions of our finalists and show the people of Ireland exactly what their participation and support in the National Lottery is achieving within their communities.

“We are all aware of how difficult the past year has been and how important sports clubs, organisations and groups are to our wellbeing.

“This truly is our chance to show our appreciation for keeping our communities going during such uncertain times.”

The judging of the National Finals of the Good Causes Awards will take place virtually this year on Februay 16 and 17.

At this stage, representatives from each of the 36 finalist groups will be asked to do a short presentation remotely to the judging panel and respond to any questions. The judging panel will be chaired by Lotto presenter & weather presenter, Nuala Carey. Fergus Finlay, Columnist and Author, will join the panel as an independent judge at this stage.

Fergus Finlay spoke candidly about his involvement with the Good Causes Awards: “It is such an honour to be involved in the Good Causes Awards as the event really is a unique opportunity to highlight the array of remarkable groups and organisations doing great things in communities all over the country.

“I am looking forward to meeting the 36 finalists and hearing about the inspirational work that they have continued to do – even during Covid times. It feels even more heartening to be involved considering the difficulties that have been faced by so many during the past year.”

Each national category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced on May 29 at a ceremony, either virtually or at the Mansion House, dependent on Government guidelines.

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