|Posted by Limerick Royal British Legion on January 27, 2011 at 4:08 PM|
It's always nice to begin a new year with good news and in 2011 we're off to an excellent start. At the 86th Annual Conference of the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland District last Saturday (22nd Jan), our very own Limerick Branch was announced as winner of "The District Shield". Awarded annually at conference, this large, handsome and historic prize is awarded to the ROI branch in recognition of "proficiency and endeavour" throughout the preceding year.
Was it a surprise? Most definitely - there has been some sterling work by other branches ... but we are delighted by this acknowledgement of the efforts of the Limerick membership during 2010.
The Shield was presented by the Royal British Legion's Director of National Events and Fundraising, Russell Thompson OBE and was accepted by President Paschal Sage on behalf of our Chairman Paddy Lowe who is recuperating from surgery.
On hearing the news Paddy congratulated members for their commitment to welfare work with veterans, the Irish Poppy Appeal, remembrance events both at local and national level and for their exemplary representation of the Legion in Limerick. But we know that it is the Captain who steers the ship and we certainly hope this good news will speed Paddy's recovery so he may resume full Stewardship of the branch before too long.
The 'Hickie' Shield, awarded for greatest percentage increase in Branch membership, was justly won by Waterford Branch - our sincere congratulations to them.