Lord Mayor announces winner of Lord Mayor’s Award for November

by Rachel Darcy

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu has chosen Rory Colman as the winner of the Lord Mayor’s Award for the month of November.

Rory works for Dublin Bus in the Harristown Depot, and has been with the company for more than 30 years.

“I would love to give every nominee an award because they are all so deserving, but Rory stood out,” said the Lord Mayor.

“His selflessness and kindness to others when he is clearly going through a very difficult time personally is an inspiration to us all. We need more people like Rory in this world. He is a very worthy winner of November’s award and Dublin Bus should be very proud to have someone like this working for them.”

Rory was nominated for the award by his friend and colleague Alan Hanlon, who said Rory’s dedication to public transport is unparalleled and that he has looked after his passengers on the 13 route for several decades, seeing some passengers grow from being in a pram to middle-age workers.

“Rory is a life-long union rep who strived to ensure better conditions and services for both bus workers and passengers,” said Alan.

“He was at the forefront of our transport initiative to keep our frontline workers getting to and from work, ensuring buses kept rolling out the gates throughout this pandemic.

Rory Colman The Lord Mayor of Dublin Award Picture Conor McCabe Photography

“Rory took ill and was diagnosed with cancer recently and even though he is at home he still ensures all his colleagues are both mentally and physically able to keep our depot functioning.

“While home recovering from his latest treatments he is ringing around other staff who may not be well or just to give a virtual arm around the shoulder to say it will get better. His constant presence even from his sick bed is such a morale boost to everyone.”

As winner of the award for November, Rory received a piece of specially-commissioned sculpture and a gift voucher worth €1,000.

“It’s great, I’m really honoured to get this award,” said Rory. “The family are proud. It’s a recognition of all the work I’ve done over the years. I’ve always enjoyed working in Dublin Bus and working with the people in Ballymun.

“Alan said he nominated me because I’m good at talking with people. One or two of the lads from the depot have been on slagging me, saying ‘how did you get that award?’. Joking aside they’ve been wishing me well. We’re getting the house done up at the minute, so there’s a shelf going up for the award!”

The Lord Mayor’s Awards, which usually take place annually, are taking place monthly this year to honour those who have worked on the frontline in the pandemic.

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