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The Aisling Awards 2020 Shortlisted Nominees


Foras na Gaeilge Gradam Coinnigh an Misneach

An Chultúrlann — Scoth imeachtaí gan staonadh le linn na paindéime. Turbocharged online programme and festivals in response to pandemic.

Áras Mhic Reachtain — Scoil Samhraidh agus Imeachtaí arlíne. Successfully remodelled North Belfast Irish language summer school for web audience.

Glór na Móna — Ag croí-lár an phobail le linn na géarchéime. Key drivers of Ar Scáth a Chéile pandemic fightback in Upper Springfield.
Ionad Uíbh Eachach — Ranganna agus fiontair Ghaeilge ar leith. Launched range of classes and intiatives to battle pandemic blues.


The Kennedy Centre First-Class Covid Heroes Education Award

St John the Baptist PS — The Finaghy school has been praised for its interaction with its students during lockdown and by bringing in their new P7s during the summer for two weeks extra tuition.

WBPB — When lockdown was announced WBPB gave out hundreds of iPads to children from West Belfast and the Shankill to help with their remote school work.

Edmund Rice College — The staff at Edmund Rice College in Glengormley rose to the challenge when lockdown was announced in March with the parents and children guided through home schooling.

Holy Evangelists’ Primary School — Under principal Claire Robinson the school kept in constant contact with parents and children during the difficult task of home schooling and preparing for the school’s reopening in September.


The Lets Go Hydro Spirit of Sport Covid Heroes Award

Cumann Spóirt an Phobail — Delivered hot meals and essential supplies to elderly and vulnerable during lockdown; key participants in Ar Scáth a Chéile initiative
O’Donovan Rossa GAC — completed a virtual run of all 32 county grounds, plus Ruislip (London) and Gaelic Park (New York) to raise funds for St John Ambulance
Ormeau Boxing/Rosario/Bredagh — The three clubs pooled their resources to coordinate the food bank at Good Shepherd parish centre, delivering over 2,200 parcels.


The Connect Health Heroes of the Pandemic Award

Ardoyne GAC/Pearse’s GAC — Delivered hot meals and essential supplies to elderly and vulnerable during lockdown.

Grosvenor Community Centre — At the epicentre of its community, Grosvenor Community Centre delivered hampers to people who were elderly, shielding and among the high-risk groups.

LORAG South Belfast based LORAG (Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group) launched a daily morning phone call service to help the elderly, vulnerable and those in social isolation during the Covid-19 crisis. The ‘Connect Well’ service was launched by LORAG in response to community need.

Andersonstown Social Club — At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March the Andersonstown Social Club through it’s chair person at the time, the late Bobby Storey, committee and staff stepped up to assist people self isolating and those in need with food supplies. Their staff and members delivered thousands of food packs at a time when they were putting their own health at risk.

Linda Duffy, 174 Trust — Operated Disability Club throughout the pandemic with additional supports for families.


The Staffline Boldest Business Response to the Pandemic Award

Tennents — Donated 21,000 bottles of Tipperary Water direct to frontline hospital workers during first pandemic surge.

Huhtamaki — Pivoted to temporary PPE production for healthcare workers in response to crisis and then grew into multimillion pound new business line.

Shnuggle — Baby products company which refitted its manufacturing lines to make Hero Visors which remain in production.

Translink — Kept vital public transport service going to provide lifeline to community throughout the pandemic.


The Show Will Go On Culture and Arts Award

Broads – Singing troupe who performed outside care homes during lockdown. Performed at Our Lady’s Care Home, Glenalina Lodge Care Home and Glenowen Court, Andersonstown Road as part of the Féile an Phobail.

Chloe Dougan — (Duncairn resident fashion designer) helped make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline hospital workers during the Covid-19 crisis. She raised more than £4,000 to buy materials in order to make the PPE equipment and co-ordinated the NI Scrubs Group page on Facebook to gather materials in greater Belfast and Lisburn areas.

Mela at Home — ArtsEkta helped deliver a virtual festival with over 50 free digital events promoting Belfast’s cultural diversity through a line-up of local music, dance, food and art between August 24-30.

New Lodge Arts — helped more than 5,000 young people during Covid-19 lockdown thanks to a creative book project. The arts organisation developed a ‘Boredom Buster’ package that includes games and art activities that can be done on your own or with family. Within a fortnight of creating the book, 5,000 copies were delivered across youth clubs, schools, community organisations and the Mater Hospital.

Urban Villages Covid Hero Aisling Award

Footprints Women’s Centre (Colin Urban Village Area) — Eileen Wilson –  nominated for her role in leading the community response to Covid-19. She ensured that high need and vulnerable families received regular weekly essential food support. Eileen continues to go over and above for her local community.
Walkway Community Association – Bridging the Gap Project (East Belfast Urban Village Area)Catriona McCabe –  nominated for continuing to provide an inclusive, capacity building programme supporting young mums and young men in lower east Belfast and Short Stand. During the pandemic her work has been an invaluable support especially for the young mums who have found the whole experience very stressful.

Market Development Agency (South Belfast Urban Village Area)The Market Development Association— nominated for the help and support they provided to the community throughout pandemic. Including solidarity – fresh food packs, toiletries and other essentials for the elderly and vulnerable, and utility and shopping vouchers for families struggling to adapt to the sudden change in circumstances.

North Belfast Advice Partnership (North Belfast Urban Village Area)Sinead McKinley — nominated for the outstanding work she does for the North Belfast Urban Village community. Sinead offered support for families and organisations providing vital benefits advice, and she has been instrumental in supporting the ‘school uniform swap shop’, food banks, Christmas hampers and meals for families during lockdown.



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