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Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley receives award for humanitarian work with Concern

Michael Darragh Macauley with his Concern Volunteer Award. Photo: Karen Morgan
Michael Darragh Macauley with his Concern Volunteer Award. Photo: Karen Morgan
Press release7 December 2020

Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley has received his first non-sports related medal for his work as an ambassador with Irish humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide. 

The seven-time All-Ireland medal winner was presented with his new piece of silverware for his “outstanding commitment” at Concern’s Dublin office ahead of its annual volunteer awards, which was hosted virtually on Saturday (December 5).  

Michael Darragh was one of 32 people from all over Ireland to be awarded by Concern for their volunteering efforts.  

The Ballyboden St. Enda’s player – who has visited Syrian refugees in Iraq and children living in slums in Kenya in his Concern ambassador role – said: “This was very unexpected, but I am delighted with it. 

“I am not sure how much I deserve it, but I’ll take whatever medals I can get these days! Seriously though, I’ve had huge grá for what Concern Worldwide do around the world.  

“I was an admirer before they asked me to get involved, and since being on board I have even more respect for the work they do with those less fortunate.  

“The experiences I have had with the people of Kenya and Iraq will be with me for a long time and I look forward to staying involved with Concern in any way I can going forward.” 

Concern’s Chief Executive, Dominic MacSorley, praised the organisation’s many volunteers and thanked Michael Darragh for helping them raise awareness of their work in the world’s poorest countries. 

Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley
“As we face into a winter like no other, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Darragh Macauley for his outstanding commitment to Concern. People know Michael as a remarkable footballer, but he is also a committed humanitarian. He has creatively and compassionately used his profile to help Concern raise awareness of our work- whether it’s through conversations with children in Iraq forced to flee their home in Syria because of relentless warfare, or in the schools of Nairobi, Kenya where he channelled messages from his own pupils at Scoil Maelruain Junior in Tallaght. Michael Darragh is a remarkable activist and we applaud him for all his charitable work both here in Ireland and overseas with Concern.”
Dominic MacSorley - Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide
Concordia singers Deirdre, Phoebe, Teresa, Pauline (middle right), Mary and Meadhbh after singing and collecting for Concern in Finnegans pub, Dalkey, Dublin in Christmas 2018.
Pauline Horgan from Dublin is a Christmas street collection organiser for Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire. She receives one of our Outstanding Commitment awards

Concern’s Volunteer Awards began in 2013 to celebrate the vital contribution made by the organisation’s 1,700 volunteers in Ireland.  

 Many raise funds that enable Concern to continue to alleviate poverty and hunger – which last year alone saw 28.6 million people reached in 24 countries.   

Its volunteers also include 500 people from towns who adjudicate at Concern’s national primary and secondary school debating competitions when students debate topical global issues.  

Concern was formed in 1968 as part of a major humanitarian response to the Biafran famine in Nigeria.  

More information about its work or how to support the aid agency can be found on its website at  




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Awardee                                                                             County


Fundraising Award

Tony Joyce                                                                          Limerick


Outstanding Commitment Award

Irene O’Brien                                                                     Cork

Shane Parsons                                                                   Mayo

Mary Cavanagh                                                                 Tipperary

Patrick O’Sullivan                                                             Cork

Pauline Horgan                                                                 Dublin

Patricia Clerkin-McCarron                                             Monaghan

Packie Doohan                                                                  Donegal

Alice Culliton                                                                      Laois

Padraig O'Ceallachain                                                     Dublin

Michael Darragh Macauley                                          Dublin

Don Heenan                                                                       Carlow

Phil Heenan                                                                        Carlow


Fundraising Teacher Award

Caitriona Evison                                                                Kilkenny


Concern Debates Volunteer Adjudicators Award

Harry Cullen                                                                       Wicklow

Michael Cogan                                                                  Wicklow

Joe McGloin                                                                       Kildare

Patricia Boyd                                                                      Dublin

Catherine Kelly                                                                  Dublin

Michael Smyth                                                                  Dublin

Tim Ryder                                                                           Cork

Keelin Tobin                                                                       Cork

Helen Stapleton                                                                Limerick

Michael O’Flynn                                                               Limerick

Denis Bates                                                                         Clare

Sacha Cumiskey                                                                Monaghan

Lou McLoughlin                                                                Monaghan

Aine Sperrin                                                                       Donegal

Roy Mallon

Anne Lordon                                                                      Westmeath

Liam McGlynn                                                                   Wicklow

Linda Golden                                                                     Wicklow


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