Dublin Legend Philly McMahon’s HalfTimeTalk CLG Scores Top Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award

Published on Friday, November 03, 2017

Today, Monday November 6, Dublin footballing legend Philly McMahon visited his old school, Holy Spirit Boys National School, Ballymun, with Senator Lynn Ruane and former Ireland international soccer star Niall Quinn where he accepted a Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award for €5,000 on behalf of his charity HalfTimeTalk CLG. The award will go to helping the important work of HalfTimeTalk CLG which aims to motivate young adults in the Ballymun area who experience social challenges by providing them with work and life skills to ensure they reach their full potential.

The Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards provide funding for voluntary and community groups to develop new projects, improve their locality and help raise community spirit. Any voluntary and community group based in the Greater Dublin Area is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. HalfTimeTalk CLG is one of five great recipients who have won the top Community Spirit Award for 2017. Philly was inspired to set it up following the early death of his brother John in 2012 who he feels didn’t get a chance at the second half of his life. Using frameworks of sport and business, HalfTimeTalk CLG will provide programmes and supports that will reinforce the self-belief that young adults in Ballymun have a right to be the best they can be. Participants will be 18-29 year olds from Ballymun who are in receipt of social welfare benefits and might not be aware that they can change their lives and enjoy fruitful careers. HalfTimeTalk CLG will support them through a transformational journey and build their self-esteem as well as their employment options.

Speaking about HalfTimeTalk CLG being awarded a Community Spirit Award, Philly McMahon said “Winning this Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award means a lot to me personally, and it’s fantastic that we have won the top grant of €5,000. This will go a long way in helping the work of HalfTimeTalk CLG, to engage, empower and educate young adults in our community. I hope we can help hundreds of young people in Ballymun in the future.”

In addition to HalfTimeTalk CLG, the Community Spirit Awards also awarded four other voluntary and community groups the top grant of €5,000, 15 groups are awarded €2,000, and a further 65 groups will receive €1,000. Since the first awards in 2004, over 1,800 voluntary and community groups, from family resource centres to scout groups, have benefited from the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards. Please see the attached full list of 2017 winners or visit www.dublinbus.ie 

Niall Quinn, Patron of the Community Spirit Awards, said “The real heroes of Dublin are local voluntary and community groups and the people working with them who strive to make their communities and improve the lives of those living there. Whether it’s people like Philly and HalfTimeTalk CLG working to better the lives and opportunities for young people in Ballymun, or sporting clubs, homework clubs, or groups working with older people, these are the ones who need to be recognised and supported and Dublin Bus is delighted to do this through the Community Spirit Awards.”

Commenting on the importance of local community groups, Senator Lynn Ruane said “Community groups, programmes and organisations are at the fore of progress and change in many communities across the country. Both community groups and individual community members are the experts of their own lives and are therefore crucial in creating initiatives to meet the needs of their own community. With the right resources and support community groups can facilitate change and transformation for the people that need it most.”

Under the terms of the programme entrants submit a proposal with details of their organisation and the project which they wish to have funded. Each application is then judged independently.

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