The Portlaoise Unit’s award night was recently celebrated at SS Peter and Pauls Parish Church.
The night celebrated the work of the unit (cadet and senior) over the past twelve months and also marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Order of Malta in Ireland.
Many awards were presented on the night including the Frank McGovern Cup, which was presented by Marie McGovern to the U-13 Cadet of the Year, Cadet Aimee Chadwick. The Muddy Carroll Cup, which was presented by Joe Carroll to the U-16 Cadet of the Year, Cadet Cpl Colin Sims. These awards were presented to the cadets for excellent attendance and interactivity with members of the senior and cadet unit.
Cadet Lauren Adams Lynott was promoted to the rank of Cadet Corporal. Jessica Weiss and Zoe Whelan graduated into the intermediate ranks of the unit.
Intermediates Shona Walsh, Sean Weiss, Kate Delaney and Patrick May graduated to the senior unit.
Vol. Grace McGinty was promoted to the rank of Corporal for all her hard work and commitment to the unit.
The Presidential Council of Irish Association of the Order of Malta which was represented by Captain David Birchall, presented Sgt Tracy Carroll with the bronze medal of merit for all her hard work and dedication with the cadet unit over the last few years.
Cllr Kathleen O’Brien, Mr Charlie McDonald KM, Captain David Birchall (regional director), Asst. Cmdr John Walsh DM, National Staff and Fr Eddie Lalor attended the event.