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VOICE OF VALOR: Seán Ó Aodha presents to Niamh Reilly, Amy Brett and Sarah Cosgrave.

Irish Champions feted at NYC awards

Irish Community Champions from across the nation were toasted at the Irish Community Champions Awards hosted by the Irish Echo in New York last night. 

Among the key honorees were attorney Mike Carroll, recognized for his tireless advocacy for the civil rights of all communities in Northern Ireland over the past three decades and retiring Queens' Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan.

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Addressing a packed Rosie O'Grady's, Assemblyman Mike Cusick, President of the American Irish Legislators Society in Albany, praised Cathy Nolan as "the gold standard in public service".

Deputy Consul General of Ireland in New York Seán Ó Aodha presented the Voices of Valor award to Amy Brett, Niamh Reilly and Sarah Cosgrove who organized a vigil in Central Park after the January murder of Ashling Reilly in Tullamore, Co Offaly. 

Also picking up awards for the contribution to the community were Tyrone author Colin Broderick, CEO of the Partnership to End Homelessness Áine Duggan and John Handy of the Irish Language Learners LLC in Philadelphia. 

A full bio of every awardee is in this week's Irish Echo.