Mayo Association Dublin

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    The Mayo Association in Dublin is this evening announcing the winners of their annual awards.

    The Mayo Person of the Year for 2019 is Westport businessman Cathal Hughes.

    Cathal, along with his brothers Harry and Owen, operate Hotel Westport and Westport House as part of the Hughes Group.

    He was also a founder of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, and led a national awareness campaign of carbon monoxide poisoning following the tragic death of his son Padraig on Christmas Day 2008.

    The recipient of the 2019 Mayo Meitheal Award is Mayo's Forgotten Famine Girls Remembrance Group.

    The group, chaired by Ballina-based historian and author Terry Reilly, researched the contribution made by 137 Mayo girls who were sent from the workhouses in Mayo to Australia during the Great Famine.

    And the 2019 Young Mayo Person of the Year award goes to Sara McFadden from Turlough, Castlebar, who became Ireland's first visually impaired motorsport navigator for tarmac rallying.

    The awards will be presented at the Yew Tree Ball in the Ballsbridge Hotel on 9th February.